State and municipal officials will set an example on the road. They will obligatorily respect the time for rest, they will not be given an arrival time
Between 30 and 40% of the injured and the dead in accidents were in company carsand 20% of all those who died in labor accidents died on the road, according to the data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Road Safety Agency (DASDP). Because of this, there will be new safety instructions driving during business trips. They will apply to state and municipal employees, and those who sent them on their way on business will not be able to give them a deadline for arrival. So they will not rush, commit violations and enter the statistics as wounded and killed at accidentswrites 24 HOURS.
The idea was proposed by DABDP. It is part of the measures to reduce road injuries prepared by 7 departments.
After reviewing to whom the cars involved in road accidents were registered, the DABDP noticed that in different years cars registered to legal entities account for 30 to 40% of all accidents.
One of the latest cases is the accident in which Georgi Semerdzhiev killed two girls on July 5 in the center of Sofia – the car is in the name of his company. After this incident, the institutions started preparing various measures.
The DABDP reminded that already 2 years ago they wrote recommendations to the state and municipal institutions to prepare handbooks for the employees. Now this is mandatory.
The agency specifies that there are also private companies that do it. . They explain that in recent years there have been two cases of dead Bulgarian policemen returning from business trip. The last one is from September 10, 2020. At that time, two border guards were returning along the “Thrakia” highway from business trip in Malko Tarnovo towards Kyustendil. They turned around near Stara Zagora and died.
The deceased civil servants while traveling in business trip not much unlike the wounded. According to various data, they are between 5 and 10% of all victims in accidents. Therefore, the DABDP proposed the preparation of instructions and control. It will include monitoring for strict observance of rest periods, leaving in a secured car, wearing seat belts and in the back seat, not driving after consuming alcohol and others.
One of the novelties is that state and municipal institutions will be prohibited from giving their employees a deadline by which they must have arrived. The reason is that over 80% of the fines for drivers who drove cars – public property – were imposed for speeding.
That’s why a few years ago, the former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov asked every head of the ministries to order an inspection for fines to the Traffic Police, and the result showed that almost all of them were in favor of speeding. For example, a driver of the Ministry of Justice was caught driving the current deputy. chief prosecutor Krasimira Filipova, then deputy. Minister of Justice, near Targovishte with 102 km/h against a speed limit of 60. The fine of BGN 200 was imposed on Ekaterina Zaharieva, who was Minister of Justice at the time.
For example, it is mandatory to have a break of 45 minutes every 4 and a half hours. It can be divided into 3 parts of 15 minutes each. However, a mass practice, often used by intercity lines, is to drive 3 and rest for half an hour.
In every bus and truck accident, the data from the tachographs is also checked. They show whether the speed has been exceeded, whether the breaks have been observed. In at least 70% of truck accidents, non-observance of breaks was reported. For several days there has been a proposal that their drivers, as well as those of buses and taxis, should not pass a psychological test every year. Instead, it will be valid for life. The reason is that they are judged not to be risky drivers.
And while the passenger carriers observe the holidays, it turns out that massive lines such as Sofia – Elin Pelin, Plovdiv – Trud village and other villages close to regional cities also carry standing people. “Passengers themselves file reports, complain”, the Executive Agency “Automotive Administration” said. And they explained that every accident with an intercity bus is managed business trip for the driver. Such are the incidents in August, when a Romanian train crashed into a tree near Polikraishte and 4 people died, as well as the overturned car carrying Serbs on the “Trakia” highway near Stara Zagora. More than 40 people were injured there, most of them children. The investigation revealed that in both incidents the seat belts that were available on the buses were not worn.
The investigation showed the same in the 2018 accident on the Trakia highway, where Tsveta Taxova hit a train and killed six people. “They fell through the windows and were trapped by the machine, if they were wearing seat belts, they would be alive,” the investigators explained at the time.
And the data of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications indicate that only 7% of all accidents with company vehicles are with buses and trucks. They are required by law to be briefed and have a plan for each trip. That is why the control over civil servants is now being tightened.
The idea is for them to serve as an example. “The high number of employees in the state administration and the vehicles that are public property necessitates placing a special focus on their behavior on the road as part of a purposeful organizational culture with high social responsibility.
Carrying out control of legal behavior on the road by the employees ensures an increase in the general level of safety of all road users”, says the agency. And they add: “The sum total of benevolence, discipline and tolerance of hundreds of thousands of people would simultaneously ensure a healthier and safer road traffic environment.”
Road Infrastructure Agency (API) to cut dangerous trees and remove poles and billboards from the side of the road, The Ministry of the Interior should control the movement inside the traffic, and the control of the annual technical inspections should be strengthened. These are other measures proposed by the institutions.
The weekend tax on company cars was reduced from 10 to 3 percent
In February, the parliament reduced the rate
The so-called weekend tax was reduced from 10 to 3% in February this year with changes to the Corporate Income Tax Act (CIT).
The initiators of the change were the then head of the budget committee Lyubomir Karimanski, the breakaway from ITN Kiril Simeonov, as well as Iskren Mitev and Venko Sabrutev from PP. The tax reduction took effect retroactively from January 1, 2022.
The rate is charged, for example, when using company cars, company properties and other assets for personal purposes.
Initially, the idea was not to charge it this year, from January 1, 2023, to return it, but to calculate it according to a different formula – for example, for cars, 50% of the costs will be recognized, for real estate – 20%.
However, the final decision of the parliament was to keep the tax in force, but to reduce it to 3 percent.
The tax weekend was introduced in 2016 by GERB with the idea of eliminating the vicious practice of keeping personal cars and property owned by companies to save tax.
Then the changes again came into force retroactively – from the beginning of 2016, and companies could choose whether to pay 10% on the income of employees in kind, or to charge 10% income tax plus insurances, provided for the then adopted changes.