– If one were to list the ways in which officials try to get rid of citizens, the first place would be occupied by a move called “it was not me, it was my colleague” – assesses president of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
Every year, less and less road are introduced to viaTOLL – an electronic system of road fare collection for trucks . This has tangible financial consequences: less income for the system means less funds for new roads.
Extending the e-fare system to a further 700 km of Road already in use could bring an additional 900 mln PLN for the National Road Fund. One should bear in mind that the system was introduced precisely so that new funds for investment could be acquired effectively.
– We asked the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways and the Ministry of Infrastructure to explain this situation. First, the officials tried being suggestively quiet. Finally, the spokesperson of the Directorate made an announcement at BiznesAlert.pl, to the effect that it was assumed that by 2018 viaTOLL will have included 7 000 km of roads – “assumed”, rather than “planned” being the key phrase. Thus, there can be no talk of plans not being adhered to – writes Andrzej Malinowski.
According to the President of Employers of Poland such an impertinence eight months before the parliamentary elections may harm the government, particularly as an unofficial information that there is no chance for the withdrawal of manual fare payment on highways was reported by the media. A pilot system was supposed to run this summer and e-collection was to introduced in 2016, Now, drivers heard that they can forget about that.
– Why is that the case? Legislation would have to be changed, regulations would have to be elaborated and on top of that, private concession holders do not consent to changes. The latter is demonstrably false, as concession holders are open to talks on facilitating payment collection. As for he changes in legislation: officials do not appear to have such reservations when introducing legislative monstrosities which complicate citizens’ lives – concludes the president of Employers of Poland.