The regions rejected the idea of the government to increase the penalties for bad roads

A bill to strengthen responsibility for violation of requirements to ensure road safety in the repair and maintenance of roads has caused negative reaction of the regional authorities. In the state Duma received feedback from eight regions, all of them criticized the initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The government introduced in may in the state Duma amendments that increase penalties tenfold for non-compliance to ensure road safety during the construction, repair and maintenance of roads or failure to take measures on timely noise elimination in traffic, on the introduction of restrictions of movement on separate sites of roads in case of their insecurity. Responsible proper individuals will face a fine of from 20 thousand to 30 thousand rubles. (now — from 2 thousand to 3 thousand rubles), and if it was caused by light and medium gravity harm to health, from 50 thousand to 100 thousand rubles (for legal persons a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles).

It also introduces liability for failure to perform within the prescribed period the legal provisions, the Ministry of internal Affairs about elimination of infringements of the legislation — a fine for officials in the amount from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles, and for repeated violation — from 70 thousand to 100 thousand roubles or disqualification for the term up to three years.

The draft prepared by the interior Ministry of Russia in accordance with the instructions of the President of Russia, said the government in the explanatory Memorandum. The topic of the responsibility for the repair of roads has received considerable attention after the direct line with Vladimir Putin, during which the President received a lot of questions on this topic. The President acknowledged that the situation with the roads in Russia escalated.

The necessity of changes in the explanatory note is motivated by the large number of accidents in which the above mentioned disadvantages of transport and operational condition contributing to the occurrence of accidents. The bill was passed on first reading at the end of June.

The proposed fines regional officials considered unreasonably high. The average salary for these roads in the Kursk region in 30 thousand rbl. will allow officials to pay the proposed penalties, says in the release the Governor of the region Alexander Mikhailov. Increased penalties can lead to an outflow of specialists from the road sector, I agree with him Deputy Chairman of the government of Stavropol the region Roman petrashov.

The construction and repair of roads financed from the funds received from the regional road funds, and financial provision of road activities in the regions for many years, it has not increased, indicates the Deputy Governor of the Vladimir region Alexey Konyshev.

The underfunding of road activity and an objective difficult economic situation also point the Governor of Kursk region and head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen.

Today about half of the roads of the Chelyabinsk region does not meet regulatory requirements, to ensure one hundred percent compliance is not possible, according to Vice-Governor of the region Sergey Shawl. Writes about the same the Deputy Chairman of the government of Stavropol territory: about 30% of roads of the region meet regulatory requirements, “therefore, immediately correct any deficiencies is not possible.

Regional authorities continue to insist on fines and amounts please exclude disqualification. And zamgubernatora the Pskov region, Alexander Kuznetsov Tomsk region Igor shaturny, and also the head of Mari El Leonid Markelov offer in their feedback to revise, according to which if an officer was requested in the preparation of the draft regional budget allocations for road maintenance, and they have not been allocated, then the proceedings on an administrative offence is terminated.

The reviews were forwarded to the constitutional Committee of the state Duma, which had previously recommended the lower house of Parliament to adopt the draft in first reading. The current penalty “due to its insignificance seems to be incompatible with the public of the harmfulness of the offense”, the Committee noted in its conclusion. First Deputy Chairman of Committee United Russia Vyacheslav Lysakov does not think that these reviews will have a significant impact on the prospects of the bill in the second reading: government bills imply prior agreement and generally accepted.

Chief legislator Russia by the end of the last session of the Duma of the sixth convocation was the government, bypassing parliamentarians on a number of initiatives.