The Ministry of Transport proposes to increase the Platon toll tariff in two steps up to 3.06 rubles per km
24 December 2016
The Ministry advises to postpone inflation indexation of the tariff until mid-2018.
The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has initiated the public discussion of the question of increasing the multiplier applied to the size of Platon toll system fee payed for the passage of cargo vehicles exceeding 12 tons of gross vehicle weight via the Russian Federal Highway network. Fr om November 15, 2015 a reducing multiplier of 0.41 is applied in Russia to the established “full” tariff of 3.73 rubles solidified by the relevant legislation. Owing to the multiplier, currently the toll size for long-haulers constitutes 1.53 rubles per one kilometer of road.
On Wednesday, 2nd of November, the administration posted a notification and charter of draft amendments to the Decree of the Government of 3 November 2015 stipulating the collection fees applicable to the cargo carrying vehicles at the portal of draft regulatory documents. The Charter, however, does not contain the body of the text detailing the proposed changes so far.
Mintrans Media Office told Gudok.ru that the text of the regulation hasn’t been developed yet; meanwhile, the administration, as the portal elaborates, has proposed to “consider the possibility to increase the multiplier applied to the toll size.” After the public discussion, the text of the draft regulation will be prepared by November 16; while now is the time for all interested parties to leave their proposals at the portal of regulatory documents. As of November 3, no proposals have been received; eight persons voted “against” the initiative of the Ministry and one person voted “in favor” of it.
Mintrans still believes it is possible to increase the tariff but will make it a staged process. The standpoint of the Ministry had been explained in detail to the journalists by the First Deputy of the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Evgeniy Ditrikh on the 2nd of November.
“Starting from February 1, we have proposed to increase the tariff up to 2.61 rubles,” he says. “The proposal assumes that the tariff will be valid until June 1, 2017. From June 1 the tariff will go up to 3.06 rubles, according to our proposal.” Thus the amount of the multiplier in the final figure of 3.06 rubles will amount to 0.9 of the initial tariff of 3.73 rubles taken for calculation of the fee applied to heavy trucks. “These are the figures that have been calculated; these are the figures we believe to be transparent and fair,” Evgeniy Ditrikh emphasized.
As per the forecast of Mintrans, taking into account the proposed scheme of the tariff growth, the Platon system earnings may reach 33 billion rubles in 2017. According to Ditrikh, in 2016 the fees compensating the damage to the federal roads will reach up to 20 billion rubles which is exactly half of the amount foreseen at the time of the launch of the system, based on the “full” tariff.
According to Mintrans documentation, the estimated time of enactment of the decision to increase the tariff is February 2017. Ditrikh pointed out that the question will be discussed “well in advance — so that by February 1 all opinions and standpoints are accounted for and the decision is made knowingly.”
However, the proposals of Mintrans concerning “step by step” alignment of Platon rates with the previously planned level of 3.73 rub./km are not the only decision of the Government with potential impact on the growth of tariffs for cargo vehicles’ use of the federal highways. According to the initial plans, Platon tariff should be regularly indexed by the inflation amount, while on 27 February this year the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev had signed the decree appointing the first indexation to the 1st of July next year. Its size has to be calculated based on the level of inflation for the period starting from 15 November 2015 when Platon system was first launched into operation.
However, the Ministry of Transport proposed that the Government should postpone the inflation indexation of Platon tariff by another year, shares Evgeniy Ditrikh. “We have proposed to postpone the inflation indexation of the tariff planned for 2017 until July 1, 2018, in order to avoid overstretching the stamina of the business,” the First Deputy Minister of Transport has explained.
Previously Mintrans had stated that the introduction of a fee for heavy haulers had barely impacted the inflation: a bag of milk or a kilogram of vegetables remained within 20 kopecks, informed Maxim Sokolov, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, in August. “This is about the commodity prices. The introduction of the system, in our opinion, had a very minor impact over them,” the Minister had told.
Platon is a Russian tolling system collecting payment for use of the federal highways by cargo vehicles exceeding 12 tons of gross vehicle weight. The fee is used for compensation of damage caused to the road infrastructure by the vehicles. The toll collection started on November 15, 2015. The toll is payed in advance and is calculated based on the mileage of federal highways passed by the vehicle taken from the readings of an on-board transponder, or via a route map wh ere the shipper defines its itinerary in advance.
The Law covers 50 774 km of federal highways of the Russian Federation. It is planned that the 12-tonners’ contributions will annually bring around 40 billion rubles to the Federal budget. The Federal Road Agency intends to invest the funds in road structure development projects employing mechanisms of public and private partnership. As of October 15, Platon system already collected 15.3 billion rubles.