Russian truck drivers started a mass protest rally


Trucks drivers protest against the introduction of a new fare per every kilometre on federal highways. The protest takes place in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Kaluga, Yekaterinburg, the Volga region, Ryazan, Arkhangelsk, Rostov, and other regions.

Hundreds of trucks parked on the roadside significantly complicate the traffic situation on the roads. Some highway are virtually paralyzed.

The new system “Platon” introduces mandatory tolls on federal highways for vehicles weighing over 12 tons starting from November 15. Thus, the government intends to cover the damage caused to the road surface by heavy trucks.



Image: Peter Kassin (“Kommersant”)