Russian authorities will not suspend the Plato system due to coronavirus
The government of the Russian Federation decided not to suspend the operation of the Platon heavy truck fare collection system against the backdrop of the coronavirus epidemic. The discussion of the issue took place on March 20 in the government, chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov. This was reported to TASS by a source close to the discussion.
“The issue of suspending the Plato system was rejected [during discussion]. The system is a source of reliable and legally relevant statistics for the control and monitoring of freight traffic during the coronavirus pandemic,” the agency’s source said.
The Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) and the Union of Russian Transport Workers sent a joint letter to the government asking them to consider a package of measures to support road carriers, including the suspension of the Plato system. Earlier, a TASS source in the market also noted that the temporary abolition of the state system was announced as one of the measures to simplify and reduce the costs associated with the transportation of food and essential goods.
As a result, at the meeting, it was decided to extend the life of the on-board devices from which travel is paid for three months with the possibility of extension, said a TASS source close to the discussion. As specified in the minutes of the meeting, such a measure is needed with the aim of “limiting personal contacts.”
“Every day at the system’s offices we serve more than 5 thousand cargo carriers. For two years we have been going on a planned exchange campaign for on-board devices, now the peak is that from March to June, carriers need to issue more than 150 thousand devices. All system services are available online, but to receive an on-board device, carriers, including foreign ones, need to come to the service center. Udnikov and quarantine at least partially in 138 user service centers across the country, “said Anton Zamkov, general director of RT-Invest Transport Systems (Plato operator).