It’s no secret that trucks, buses and taxis in Russia are driven by citizens of neighboring states. Moreover, with the rights obtained in the territory of these states. At the same time, we have a law on road safety, which strictly states that only citizens with Russian driver’s licenses can work as drivers in Russia.
It is true that there is an exception to this rule in this law. It is made for citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as for citizens of states whose legislation provides for the use of Russian as an official language.
However, a group of deputies considered that such a situation had a negative effect on security. Knowledge of the Russian language does not yet provide knowledge of traffic rules, as well as knowledge of the peculiarities of driving in Russia. They, the deputies, propose to exclude from the law the clause that allows foreigners to work in commercial vehicles with their national driver’s licenses.
In fact, there are many questions in this story. For example, our law enforcement officers are not yet able to quickly verify the legality of obtaining rights by one or another foreign driver. This requires a request through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the response to which will take a long time. And suddenly you did not receive the right officially? What if he bought them?
In addition, we have different standards and driver training systems. As well as requirements for the drivers themselves.
The report of the Scientific Center for Road Safety of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the last year says that for the second year in a row there has been an increase in the number of accidents at the fault of foreign drivers. They made 5,286 accidents last year. This is 4.4% more than a year earlier. The death toll also increased by 15.8%. 499 people died. The number of injured in this type of accident also increased by 4.6%, that is, up to 7,019 people.
As one of the authors of the bill, the head of the State Duma Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs, Yaroslav Nilov, says, the practice of many countries shows that access to driving can be allowed on the basis foreign driver’s licences. . But only if we talk about the management of personal transport, and for a limited time.
In order to engage in commercial transportation on the territory of a foreign state, a driver must undergo training, obtain a license of the appropriate class and only after that be hired or conduct business as a driver.
Why this command doesn’t work for us is hard to explain.
However, attempts to limit the rights of foreign citizens to work as drivers, despite a large number of attempts, generally ended in fiasco. And it’s also hard to explain.