IN AN OPEN letter the Hauliers Association of Slovakia (UNAS) called on Prime Minister Robert Fico on June 3 to address issues pertaining to hauliers.

UNAS wants current tax rates on motor vehicles to be unified and reduced by half. The Finance Ministry wants to reduce the tax rate determined by regional self-governments to the lowest current level in Slovakia, which is in Banská Bystrica Region, the SITA newswire reported.

"We are absolutely dissatisfied with the proposed level of tax on motor vehicles, which would mean only a cosmetic change of 10 percent," said UNAS President Robert Huran, as quoted by SITA.

As the open letter states, in the Czech Republic, for example, the motor vehicle tax rate is half the level of Slovakia. The result is that in the Czech Republic an entrepreneur will pay €1,000 less per year per truck than in Slovakia.

UNAS is also concerned by the disproportionately high road haulage fines, which the association believes are exhorbitant.

"It is impossible for a driver who earns €500 to pay a fine of €1,500; that is absurd," said Huran, as quoted by SITA.

Truckers also complain about the price of diesel fuel, which according to them is the highest of the surrounding countries.

"It is strange that the outlet price of diesel is higher than in the Czech Republic, even though it comes from the same supplier,” Huran said. “We think there is some disproportionate enrichment at the expense of Slovak citizens. We insist that prices were at least at the level of Austria."

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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