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“Snails” vs “Platon”

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As per tradition, news service of “Sankt-Peterburg” TV station recalls the past year. And it was rich with events. Not only foreign politics shaped the landscape of news coverage in 2015. Life in the Northern Capital was bustling. Tragic and joyous, political and economic – here are 2015’s most important events as seen by the channel’s reporters.

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Alexander Burenin, reporter: “”Snails” vs “Platon”. The end of the year was marked by long-haul truck drivers’ protests against electronic tonnage toll payment system with such philosophical name.

In St. Petersburg, Moskovskoe Shosse became the epicenter of the action. It was from here that the “Snails” took off – meaning organized lines of heavy trucks, moving at low speeds of 5-10 kilometers per hour. The first two actions practically paralyzed traffic in the south of the city. According to different estimates, between one and two hundred trucks took part in it.

But as time passed, protests were dying out. Firstly, those drivers had to make money which they could not make while protesting. Secondly, their plea was heard on all levels. Eventually, fines for not using the “Platon” system were dramatically reduced. Initially, those stood at 450 thousand for the initial violation, 1 million for repeated offence. It was cut down to 5 thousand and 10 thousand respectively. Although, some are still unhappy and are calling for the total scrapping of the “Platon” system. They say that the “Snails” will make numerous appearances in St. Petersburg in 2016. 

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