17 Nov 2009 11:23

Presidential administration asks MPs to revise transport tax decision

MOSCOW. Nov 17 (Interfax) - The Russian president's administration has recommended parliamentary deputies reconsider their decision to raise the transport tax rate, presidential chief-of-staff Sergei Naryshkin told journalists.

"The past few days and weeks have witnessed a broad and vigorous debate on a bill that introduces amendments into the Tax Code's section dealing with the transport tax," Naryshkin said.

"Russian citizens, ordinary motorists, professional drivers and public organizations are opposed to hiking the transport tax rate," the official said.

"Bearing in mind this circumstance, as well as the president's instruction, the presidential administration held a session yesterday that involved representatives of federal institutions of the executive branch of power, senior officials of the United Russia faction and members of the Federation Council. They admitted that it would be undesirable to increase the transport tax rate and recommended lawmakers reconsider their decision and pass a resolution that would not allow the transport tax rate to grow further," he said.