Krasnodar, 5 February – Yug Times. Toll highways have become a reality for the Krasnodar region.
At first, Kuban residents had faced the necessity to pay for the roads when travelling to Rostov: tollbooths were the first things they saw when reaching the border with the neighbouring region. In December 2018, a turnpike road sector appeared in the Krasnodar region too: it is a part of the M-4 Don highway, from Kushchevsky through Krylovsky districts up towards Krasnodar. The comfortable and safe toll highways were expected to increase the average traffic speed - but not all drivers have been able to take advantage of these privileges.
For the time being, there is only one tollbooth in the Krasnodar region - near Pavlovskaya. To get to Krasnodar, locals must pay 200 roubles per car, and even more per truck: from 300 to 700 roubles, depending on the weight of the vehicle. This is quite big money for villagers. Residents of Pavlovskaya often have to travel to Krasnodar. In 2018, 20,000 people got appointment cards for medical examinations in Krasnodar hospitals, 3,000 young villagers study in Krasnodar - quite a big number for the 66,000 inhabitants of the Pavlovskaya municipality.
No wonder that the villagers complained about having to pay for their regular travels. They addressed their complaints to the All-Russia Popular Front, whose experts noted that the free roads leading to Krasnodar, prescribed by law as alternatives to toll highways, lie at a big distance from Pavlovskaya. “Inhabitants of the Pavlovsky district are in unequal conditions with their fellow citizens from the neighbouring municipalities,” head of the regional executive committee of the All-Russia Popular Front Sergei Kostylev stated.
“Inhabitants of the Vyselki, Korenovsk, Dinskoi districts have been entitled to drive along the turnpike sectors of the M-4 Don highway free of charge.” The way-out is granting Pavlovskaya people same privileges, say the Popular Front activists. During his meeting with deputy head of the board of the Russian Motor Roads State Company Dmitri Deringer, chairman of the regional Legislative Assembly’s Committee for fuel and power sector, transport and road network Vladimir Chepel argued in favour of the introduction of the preferential treatment for residents of Pavlovskaya.
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