Citizens with previous convictions will not be able to work in a taxi service and drive public transport. On May 24, the deputies adopted such a bill in the third, final reading. The amendments that are being made to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, as well as several other laws, will come into force on March 1, 2023.
Previously, the Labor Code did not contain an article prohibiting Russians with an outstanding or unexpunged criminal record from working as drivers of passenger transport . Also in the legislation there were no restrictions on the admission to work of previously convicted drivers.
Who will not be allowed to work?
Persons with an unexpunged or outstanding conviction for the following crimes will not be able to work as a taxi driver:
- intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm;
- crimes against sexual inviolability and sexual freedom of the person;
- crimes against public safety;
- crimes against the foundations of the constitutional order and the security of the state;
- crimes against the peace and security of mankind.
Drivers who have committed such crimes will not be able to drive buses, trams, trolleybuses, or operate subway trains. The ban on transportation will also apply to individual entrepreneurs if they have an unexpunged or outstanding criminal record.
In addition, drivers suspected of committing these crimes, the employer, in the presence of relevant information from law enforcement agencies, will be obliged to suspend them from work for the entire period of criminal proceedings.
How will they check the presence of a criminal record?
According to the adopted law, the employee must provide the employer with a certificate of no criminal record before September 1, 2023. This rule applies not only to Russian drivers, but also to citizens of — members of the EAEU. They will have to provide a certificate of no criminal record in their home country with its translation into Russian. In the absence of a certificate, the employment contract with such drivers will be terminated.
When is the conviction considered extinguished?
According to Art. 86 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, for grave and especially grave crimes, a conviction is automatically extinguished after 8 and 10 years from the date of serving the sentence. A criminal record may become expunged after an amnesty or pardon.
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