Moscow. January 27. The Moscow arbitration court on Wednesday ordered the operator of the system of charging trucks “Plato” – open company “RT-invest the Transport system” (RTAS) and the Federal road Agency to submit to the court the text of the concession agreement for the toll collection system with trucks “Plato”, said the representatives of the parties on the results of a preliminary hearing.
“We are pleased that the court granted our request, and the concession agreement will be submitted in court, we will be able to see in the study of the case. At the very least, will be definitely closed the question, what is there for the agreement and how the agreement that we published, or not. We continue to believe that we have all legal grounds to recognize the concession agreement on “Plato” illegal and null and void,” said the plaintiff Alexei Navalny.
According to representatives of the plaintiff, the defendant’s objections “do not relate to the substance of the claim” – the defendants claim that the plaintiffs are not concerned. Navalny also noted that the defendants in their plea “refer to the so-called abuse of right”. “What we are villains who just want to sue the law and do not have any claims to them”, – he explained.
In turn, the Director for legal Affairs of RTAS Mikhail Popov expressed his satisfaction “restrained court session”. “We are pleased that we were able to complete the preliminary meeting, and we went to basic, which gives hope that the process will not be too long,” he said.
“In court it was dubbed the demand to the defendants – that is, to us, provide the text of the concession agreement. Naturally, we will fulfill the requirement of the court”, – told reporters the representative of Avtodor Elena Semenova.
According to Popov, the defendant believes that “the way the lawsuit is brought, leaving them no chance to win.” Semenov added that the Agency considers the claimant “is not relevant, infringement of the rights and legitimate interests here”.
According to the representative of Rosavtodor, the next court hearing is scheduled for March 2.
At the end of 2015, Navalny published on his website the concession agreement between RTAS and the Federal road Agency and said it will seek court recognition of the document “null and void because it was negotiated without competition”.
From November 15 in Russia earned a system of charging trucks with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 12 tonnes on account of compensation of damage when driving on Federal roads, called “Plato”.
Initially, the creation of a system was assumed in the contest with international participation, but later the General Director of SC “rostec” Sergey Chemezov has suggested to cancel the contest and give the project “Rostec”, referring to the reasons of national security. The project eventually became company “RT-invest the Transport system”.
The launch of the system was accompanied by a malfunction, as well as protests by truckers. They complained of the injustice of the system, indicating that already pay the transport tax and excise taxes included in fuel cost. In addition, carriers indicated that the charge itself will lead to losses and bankruptcy of small companies and pre-paid principle would lead to the withdrawal of funds from circulation.
In response to claims of industry representatives, the authorities decided to reduce the tariff for the first period of operation hovercraft: until 29 February 2016 it is set at the level of 1.53 rubles per kilometer of distance traveled. From 1 March 2016 until 31 December 2018 it will amount to 3.06 rubles. It was also decided to reduce the penalties for nonpayment of travel: the common penalty for non-payment for travel on Federal highways of trucks with weight over 12 tons reduced to 5 thousand rubles for the first violation and 10 thousand – for the re. The fine issued no more than once per day. It is also planned to allow a postpaid method of payment, in fact made the flight. The Russian President Vladimir Putin also called on to abolish the vehicle tax for heavy vehicles participating in the system.
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