State Duma Passes Transportation Tax Law Again

The State Duma on Friday officially approved a revised bill on the transportation tax, which leaves in place the current base rate, after a wave of criticism forced the Duma to recall an approved bill that would double the tax.

The government had to backtrack on its intentions to double the rate of the transportation tax, which is key to funding some regional budgets, after protests from car owners, opposition parties and eventually the Kremlin. On Friday, 312 deputies — all from United Russia — voted to pass the revised measure, while the other parties in the Duma had 131 votes against the measure.