The Constitutional Court recognized the Platon system lawful, yet with some restrictions
Truck drivers picketed the Court and demanded it to "defend the Constitution, not the oligarchs."
On morning of May 31, near the building of the Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg truck drivers have carried out single pickets, protesting against introduction of the Plato charge system on federal roads. Posters of the protesters said: "Defend the Constitution, not the oligarchs."
The court also stated, that in case of violation of the Plato system rules, a driver of truck has the right to prove this happened due to reasons beyond his control, for example, traffic situation. In addition, the Plato operator carries organizational and technical regulation, not development of regulations of coercive measures towards drivers. As this is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
Deputies initiated a lawsuit to the Constitutional Court of the country, demanding to recognize the disputed rules of the new draft of the operator as inconsistent with constitutional rights of citizens. Now, the Court recognized them as lawful, but with some restrictions.
To remind: on 15 of November 2015, the Plato charge system started its work in Russia. In accordance with the system, all legal entities and individuals who own trucks with maximum permissible mass exceeding 12 tones are obliged to pay a certain fee for travel on federal highways. However, the system failed very soon, which was connected with operation of the website, which allowed drivers to record their route, as well as with absence of offices, terminals for payment, supervisory board units for tracks, and the most important - documents, contracts, fiscal payment receipts (including fines).
It has been 6 month since the Plato system has started its work, but the drawbacks of it have still not been resolved. Moreover, control of the money flow from the operator to the Federal Road Agency hasn’t also been provided. Yet, the Invest RT Transport System Company has already received the promised millions from the state.
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