The protest actions on the Ukraine-EU border continue, owners of the imported cars with EU license plates are blocking three border checkpoints. The overall number of protesters makes approximately 200 drivers, a correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV channel reported.
The vehicles' movement near the checkpoints is blocked. Every 30 minutes, the activists pass several vehicles, including three vans, passenger buses, emergency service vehicles and transports with minors onboard. They burn tires, opposing the payments for the car transit procedure.
The patrol police of Volyn region (northwestern Ukraine) reported that the number of protesters at Yahodyn checkpoint keeps growing, with people blocking hundreds of meters of Kyiv-Kovel-Yahodyn roadway. The law enforcers opened a criminal case in this regard; the protesters may face either a fine, correction works or detention.
The movement is also blocked at Chop checkpoint; currently, about 150 people block the traffic. They only agreed to let one car across the checkpoint.
About 50 people blocked Rava-Ruska checkpoint in Lviv region. They burned tires in front of the checkpoint; vehicles move across the checkpoint every 15 minutes, but there's still a considerable queue.
On November 23, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law that foresees cutting the excise taxes on the cars with EU license plates. The bill also foresees more control over the movement and the use of cars with foreign registration. The respective statement appeared on the president's official Facebook page.
'I signed bills No.No. 8487,8488, which legalize the cars with European license plates, brought to Ukraine with the breach of the customs and tax legal framework. All funds, every last hryvna, will go to the Pension Fund, making up for its deficit, the indexation of retirement wages, the payments - above all, to those who get the minimum retirement wage. This is foreseen by the law - clearly and explicitly', Poroshenko wrote.
The president called passing the law 'a tough middle ground between the state and the actual car owners - between those who accepted the taxes as granted and those who only got the chance to become a decent taxpayer'. 'The Pension Fund will have to regularly report on the volumes of costs acquired from legalization of the cars,' Poroshenko marked.
The draft law No.8487 was meant to solve the problem of the vehicles with European car plates which were not custom-cleared. It provides 50 Euros of excise tax basic rates for automobiles with petroleum engines up to 3,000 cubic centimeters, and 100 Euros-rate for the cars with engine volume over 3,000 cubic centimeters; 75 Euros for the cars with diesel engine up to 3,500 cubic centimeters, and 150 Euros for those over 3,500 cubic centimeters.