City Hall to Handle Traffic Fines
- The Moscow Times
- Jul. 29 2013 00:00
- Last edited 17:26
Moscow authorities have introduced aánew solution toáthe problem ofátraffic tickets that are late or unpaid. They have proposed toáadminister aásystem themselves instead ofáthe traffic police.
"The traffic police officers will only record theáviolation andásend theáinformation toáthe Department ofáTransportation ináMoscow, andáthey ináturn will be responsible forásubmitting theáinformation toáthe State Information System ofáState andáMunicipal Payments," one ofáthe participants ofáa meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told Kommersant.
If theáproposal is accepted, drivers will get receipts with all theánecessary payment details fromáthe Transportation Department.
Moscow authorities expect toádo aábetter job atácontrolling theáindividual identification numbers assigned toáeach fine andápayer.
Largely due toáa lack ofáindividual identification numbers foráthe fines issued byáthe traffic police, there were failures with theáprocessing ofáfines when it was impossible toáidentify which fine aáperson was paying. As aáresult, theápaid amounts often did not fully cover theánecessary fine andácitizens were registered as non-payers.
Bankers are not against theánew approach. "The main thing is toácorrectly form theáindividual identification codes so that theápaid fines are reflected ináthe system andáthe citizens who are free ofádebts are not listed as debtors. It doesn't matter to us who issues theáreceipt," said Alexander Turskov, theávice president ofáIntercommerz Bank.
City officials have been asked toásubmit their complete proposals onáthe issue toáthe government byáSept. 1.
Ináthe meantime, theátraffic police deny any knowledge onáthe issue, saying that there are no failings onátheir side.
According toáVera Chistova, head ofáthe Moscow Department ofáFinance, traffic fines bring iná10 billion rubles ($307 million) toáthe city's annual budget.