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The Russian school was under threat of extinction due to economic crisis caused by the pandemic coronavirus and restrictions imposed in the country in order to fight the infection. About it writes “Kommersant” with reference to the representative of the professional associations to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
According to police, in Russia there are more than 6.7 thousand driving schools. Industry representatives warn that due to the lack of influx of students can close about 90 percent of such institutions. “Without prompt action, the industry of preparation of drivers will inevitably be destroyed, and its restoration will require a lot of time and money,” — said the head of the Guild of driving schools of Russia Sergey Lobarev.
Industry representatives are asking the Russian government for economic support in the form of compensation of expenses for rental of premises and land (only 10 percent of companies have premises and land in ownership). In addition, industry representatives are asked to make a driving school in the list of the most affected by the coronavirus industries.
The work of the driving schools were under a temporary ban because of the pandemic in March 2020. May 12, Russia had abolished universal mode of days and started the economy out of idle. In the first phase of the removal of restrictions will resume the services, in the second phase, private educational organizations, and third — all the rest. Driving schools belong to organizations that are providing paid educational services. Industry representatives are asked to give them the status of services to get back to work on the first phase of the lifting of restrictions.
The Ministry reported that special support measures for schools are planned. However, the Department noted that the status of socially oriented non-profit organizations (NPOs) are able to qualify for state assistance (e.g., extension of payment deadlines of taxes and social contributions, preferential loans, to defer payment of rental payments). Industry representatives, in turn, noted that to get into the registry of such organizations is very difficult.
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