A group of truckers blocked the Western Rapid Diameter in Saint Petersburg as a protest against the decision to make the road paid.
According to newspaper Business Petersburg, the protesters rammed barriers near the toll booth with a truck, a Gazelle minivan, and three cars, and blocked all 5 lanes for an hour.
According to the newspaper, nobody was detained (Update: later it became known that police detained one of the protesters – RRT).
As a result of the action of truckers, a large traffic jam appeared on the highway.
According to one of the organizers of the rally, the chairman of Russia’s carriers association Andrei Bazhutin, the goal was to obtain a right to use the road for free. At the same time he pointed out that the protesters’ actions were legitimate because they have a right to stand at the toll collecting points.
The central part of the Western Rapid Diameter opened on December 4. The fare differs for different areas and different types of transport, ranging from 45 to 300 rubles (from $0.75 to $5 – RRT).