Fines for illegal logging and transportation of timber may be increased in Russia | Society

Fines for illegal logging and transportation of timber may be increased in Russia |  Society


The State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a bill on changing the system of punishment for illegal logging on Tuesday, February 13, Izvestia reports.

The proposed changes to the Code of Administrative Offenses will tighten fines for repeated violation of requirements for the procurement, transportation, storage and accounting of wood from 30 to 50 thousand rubles for officials and from 300 to 500 thousand rubles for legal entities.

Today, when transporting wood without an accompanying document, the violator is immediately issued a fine with the possibility of confiscation of equipment and raw materials. The amendments only allow for a fine if a citizen commits an offense for the first time. In addition, sanctions will be imposed in the absence of a GLONASS system on a vehicle transporting timber, since it is used to track the movement of timber.

“It is proposed to fine for violation of requirements for the location and characteristics of timber warehouses, untimely provision of information about timber processing infrastructure facilities, and about timber imported and exported from warehouses,” noted Rosleskhoz.

Earlier, the State Duma proposed obliging the installation of gas sensors in private homes.

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