People in Moscow can now report cars illegally parked on lawns within the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD) by sending a photo of the offence through a mobile app, Moscow Assistant. The area covered by the service has been expanded past the Third Ring Road.
Using their smart phone cameras, Muscovites can photograph cars parked on lawns within the MKAD and send the photo on to the Moscow Administrative Road Inspection Office via the upgraded app. Inspectors will then check the data and decide on an administrative fine for the violator. The fine for private persons is 5,000 roubles, with 30,000 roubles for officials and 300,000 roubles for corporate entities.
“The upgraded app gives people in Moscow an opportunity to participate in the city’s traffic regulation. Muscovites are enthusiastically getting involved in the work,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov. “About 90,000 people have already downloaded the app. I’m sure the expanded coverage of the service will help to curb traffic violators more efficiently. Today the app is already a good quality addition to static and mobile traffic cameras and traffic police officers.”
The Moscow Assistant app was launched in August 2015. To begin with, users could only report parking non-payers. In March 2016, people could monitor violations in no stopping and no parking areas. In August, the app started accepting complaints about cars parked on the lawns or other green areas but only within the Third Ring Road. By the end of this year, people will be able to report cars parked on the pavements.
The most energetic Moscow assistants will get points, which they can use to pay for parking. In September, one city resident reported a record-high number of violations via the app – 1,700.
Moscow Assistant can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play. Users are required to register on the Moscow state services portal, pgu.mos.ru. The app can be accessed from any smart phone with a 5-megapixel camera, 50 megabytes of free storage space and GPS/Glonass tracking