State Road Fund could be launched from 2017 if relevant bills submitted to Rada before July 16
The State Road Fund could be launched from January 1, 2017 if relevant bills are submitted to the Verkhovna Rada before July 16, 2016.
An Interfax-Ukraine journalist reported that Chairman of the parliamentary transport committee Yaroslav Dubnevych gave the information at a meeting in the Infrastructure Ministry on Monday.
"It is especially important to collect all proposals for the bills in short terms and register them no later than July 16 – before the current session ends. We can receive the conclusions of profile ministries in the first days of September and put on the agenda of the parliament. This would enable the Road Fund to start functioning from January 1, 2017. The reform that transfers local roads to management of regional administrations jointly with financing foreseen in the fund would also begin functioning," Dubnevych said.
Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said that the required documents have been drawn up.
"We have drafted several bills: the bill on the creation of the Road Fund, bills on decentralization of Ukravtodor. We have drawn up some cabinet resolutions and legislative initiatives on the introduction of the tolling system – a fee collected from trucks which weight exceeds 12 tonnes. A resolution introducing FIDIC control has been crafted and two bills regarding the weight control have been submitted to parliament," the minister said.
He said that there is an initiative to make fines for over-weight trucks one of the sources of replenishing the Road Fund and the budget of Ukrtransbezpeka.
The ministry has submitted a proposal to impose large fines that meet the European level to parliament.
"We want to fine not only the hauler, but also the company that orders the services and freighters. The fine is UAH 17,000, but the bill has not yet been voted," the minister said.