Russian Federation (April 08, 2016)
As of 15 April 2016, foreign transport operators using Russian Federal Highways will have to register with the Electronic toll collection system (ETCS), intended to compensate the damage caused to Russian Federal highways by vehicles exceeding 12 tons. The following changes will be implemented:
•it will only be possible for toll tickets (roadmaps) to be purchased by users registered with the ETCS;
• single toll tickets (route roadmaps) will no longer be issued (this was a temporary measure for transport operators unable to obtain mandatory registration prior to the launch of the “Platon” ETCS on 15 November 2015);
• the validity period of toll tickets will be reduced to 7 days.
“Rostransnadzor”, the Federal service for the supervision of transport, is now authorised to impose fines on foreign drivers who have not paid the toll. Enforcement officers also have the right to retain the vehicle until the fine and toll are paid. First time violation will result in a fine of RUB 5 000 (EUR 64,5), increasing to RUB 10 000 (EUR 129) thereafter. It is important to note that a fine can only be imposed once per day for each vehicle. Once the foreign vehicle has crossed the Russian border, it will be possible to cover a distance of up to 50 km without paying toll, on the condition that the next payment will include this route section.
More detailed information can be found at the Platon” ETCS website www.platon.ru or in any of 138 Customer service centers. Road users can also call 24/7 hotline +7(495) 540-02-02.
Platon leaflet in English attached