Russian truckers begin 10-day strikes in protest against road tariff

Russian truckers from 43 regions across the country yesterday began  a 10-day strike in protest at the Platon truck tax system that requires drivers of trucks weighing more than 12 tons to pay  RUB1.53 ($0.02) for each kilometer of federal road they drive across. The tax was introduced in November 2015 and is meant to raise funds to repair the roads worn down by  heavy vehicle usage and the strike  – that is due to continue until March 1 – has been called to coincide with government plans to increase the tariff to RUB 3.06 per km, even though the increase has now been postponed.