Russia to launch toll collection for heavy vehicle traffic
On Sunday, 15 November, Russia will begin charging a toll for Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) traffic on Russian Federation roads. The toll will apply to vehicles weighing at least 12 tonnes.
The Russian Ministry of Transport announced the toll at road traffic negotiations held in St. Petersburg on 12 November.
The toll applies to vehicles from all countries. The toll is kilometre-based and applies to the use of Russian Federation roads. The basic principle is that vehicles will be charged according to the number of kilometres driven. Revenue generated from the toll will be used to offset damages caused by HGV traffic.
Entering into effect on 15 November 2015, the toll will start at 1.53 roubles/km, increasing to 3.06 roubles/km in the spring of 2016. Effective from the beginning of 2019, the toll will be 3.73 roubles/km.
As vehicle movements will be monitored using a satnav system, the driver will not be required to stop for payment of the toll. The toll will be debited automatically once the carrier has set up a system account and deposited a pre-payment.
A free on-board unit, which keeps track of the kilometres driven for the purpose of collecting tolls, will be distributed at Russia's international border crossing stations.
The toll can also be paid using a credit card at payment terminals located adjacent to Russian border crossing stations.
Additional information on the toll and its payment can be found at http://platon.ru/en/.
Mr Mikael Nyberg, Director of Unit, Transport Services, tel. +358 40 837 8794
Ms Marjukka Vihavainen-Pitkänen, Senior Adviser, tel. +358 40 825 1255