An annual report by the Administration of the Road Fund shows that, despite billions of lei for construction and maintenance work, the state of most major roads in Moldova are at best mediocre or worst, not fit for purpose.
The State Budget Law 2017 states the volume of road fund breakdowns amounted to 1.45 billion. But Parliament decided that of the road fund the total duty on petroleum products (except liquified gas) may not exceed 44.14%.
In other words instead of 1.76 billion lei, which would have come to the Road Fund, only 968 million lei were disbursed, which is 45% less than it should have been.
Reports also specify that the rest of the monies ended up covering other 'holes' in the state budget.
This together with the amount of technical staff (engineers) allocated end up having approx. 45 kilometres of road per engineer, which is not practical.
And local roads are even worse. This is something that the average Moldovan simply endures but the strain on the vehicles is immense, this means that it takes its toll on suspension and exhausts.
I had not been to Moldova for five years and after my recent trip I did not notice any improvement.