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From the beginning of 2019, the system of automatic vehicle weight control will begin operating in Russia. Its aim is a coherent control over transhipped tractors, which in Russia constitute a real scourge. This will be assisted by Platon, the toll collection system and GLONASS, the Russian satellite navigation system. They will be integrated to create one cohesive information base that will allow for quick and effective enforcement of fines.

Tickets are likely to be issued to legal entities. The anticipated amount of the fine for the vehicle being overloaded is 450,000 rubles (5,900 euros – editorial note),” said Aleksander Kolomienskij, head of the ERA-GLONASS sales department.

More truck controls in Russia

The Russian authorities are planning to install more than 250 sets of automatic weights for trucks on federal and regional roads of the country. The system will receive data about vehicle weight and in the event of an offense, issue a ticket to the carrier.

In addition, ERA-GLONASS plans to implement a system known under the working name „Unified state system for transmitting navigational information” by 2020. It will collect and process data from tachographs and other measuring devices of heavy goods vehicles. Work on its creation has already begun.

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Safety of carriers above all

According to Aleksander Kolomienskij, the joint project of Platona and GLONASS is aimed at ensuring security and proper control over carriers.

No ministry knows how many carriers operate in the country. One of our tasks is the legalization of the market. The working conditions of private persons are becoming more and more difficult. And soon it will be worse. Yes, it is our goal to eliminate the illegal carriers from the market,” said Aleksander Kolomienskij.

Overloaded trucks and roads not prepared for heavy traffic

According to the data from the Federal Service for Supervision in the Transport Sphere (Rostransnadzor), from the beginning of 2018, the total sum of credentials for transhipped heavy goods vehicles was 562 million rubles (31.5 million zlotys). Over 13 million trucks were weighed, of which 14.5 thousand vehicles exceeded the maximum permissible weight.

Currently, only 71 percent of all federal roads in Russia can withstand the traffic of vehicles carrying loads of 11.5 tonnes per axle. In the case of regional and local roads, 35 percent of roads can withstand 10 tonnes axle load, while the load of 11.5 tonnes per axle – just 4 percent.

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