Russia to Review Trucking Regulations

The Russian government has designed a set of measures that seek to ease the regulatory burden on the truckers as they struggle against weak demand,  theJournal of Commerce reports.

The proposed changes include streamlining regulations and red tape, changing regulations related to truck weight limitations, and stepping up anti corruption efforts via amendments to the existing criminal code.

The first big  change is the reduction of the number of agencies that have a say in regulating the trucking sector. As it stands, a number of both federal and regional agencies are involved in issuing necessary paperwork and other regulatory matters. These agencies include the Department of the Russian Transport Inspectorate, the State Automobile Inspectorate, the Russian Federal Road Service, and others, the functions of many of which are redundant.

The government now plans to consolidate many of these agencies and their functions into a single body that will be spun out of the Ministry of Transport later this year. The government also said it plans to cut the number of regulations directed at the trucking sector.

One such regulation that has drawn the ire of shippers took effect July 1, 2015. The rule set a maximum weight limit of 44 tons for trucks traveling Russian roadways and instituted joint liability of up to 1 million rubles ($20,000) for both the trucker and the shipper, if a violation is found. Shippers say they do not have control over the weight of their loads as they make their way through the supply chain because the cargo is in the care of transportation companies.

Among the planned changes is the increase of  the 44-ton limit  for trucks and also the shipper liability for violations could be eliminated.

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