Russia’s Long-Haul Truckers Say They Won’t Pay Plato Fees -- and Know How to Avoid Them
June 2 – Buoyed by yesterdays’ license strike (fergananews.com/news/26465)
and having new evidence that Moscow’s Plato system will not lead to better
roads – Moscow has just doubled the period between renovation of major highways
-- Russian long-haul drivers say will avoid paying the Plato fees.
the extent this is more than bravado, many drivers may see this outcome as
safer and more practical than taking part in strikes, the government may accept
this as another cost of doing business and allow the drivers to escape paying,
and corruption in the trucking industry and its government overseers is likely
to increase – which Moscow may not really object to.
order to feed their families and avoid losing their trucks, many drivers who
had participated in the strike either by parking their vehicles in truck stops
or by simply keeping them off the road have been forced to return to work. But
many of them have done so in the shadow economy in order to avoid paying the