This morning the Government has closed an agreement with the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC) after more than twelve hours of meeting in which it was sought specify the necessary measures to mitigate the rise in fuel prices and others to help the ailing transport sector.
Through this agreement, the Executive undertakes to subsidize 20 cents of each liter of fuel for the sector (which includes diesel, gasoline, gas and adBlue). This measure will be in force from April 1 to June 30albeit renewable.
In addition to this bonus and, according to a statement from the CNTC, other aid has been agreed that in total will add €1,125 million and will include the passenger transport companies such as taxis and VTC. However, the agreement signed between the Executive and employers It does not mean that the stoppages will cease summoned by the platform and that they started 12 days ago, but quite the opposite.
The platform does not feel represented by the CNTC nor is it part of itand follow without being seated at the table of the negotiations, since the Government does not consider it a valid interlocutor. Today they have planned a concentration in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport in the capital.
Manuel Hernández, president of the association, He has already warned on his social networks that “From Platform we are going to continue until we get them to sit down with us and start talking about the real problems of transport”.
However, among the measures agreed precisely the most important measure demanded by the Platform will be included.
What do the agreements signed between the Government and the CNTC consist of?
According to direct sources from the CNTC, the agreements signed at dawn yesterday between the Executive and the large transport employers focus on seven main lines and include the following measures:
- Minimum bonus of 20 cents per liter per kg (in the case of compressed gas) made out of fuel. Of which, 15 cents will come from the public budget and a minimum of 5 cents from the oil companies.
This bonus will apply to diesel, gasoline, gas and adblue and will be in force from April 1 to June 30, but will be extendable as the markets evolve.
In total, this bonus will mean more than 600 million euros for the transport sector, and for carriers according to the CNTC “thanks to these bonuses, for example, a diesel truck would save more than 700 euros per month”.
- The CNMC will be asked to supervise that this bonus is transferred to retail prices.
- Direct aid for an amount of 450 million euros for freight and passenger transport companies depending on the type of vehicle. The amount will be 1,250 euros per truck, 950 euros per bus, 500 euros per van and 300 euros per light vehicle (taxis, VTC and ambulances). The amount will have a limit of 400,000 euros per company.
- Extension of the maturity period of the credits guaranteed by the ICO up to 8-10 years and extension of the grace period for credits guaranteed by the ICO by 6 months. Likewise, a new line of credit guaranteed by the ICO with a 12-month grace period is approved.
- Double the budget for aid for abandoning the profession carrier, which will go from 10 to 20 million euros in 2022.
- Advance the approval of the monthly refund of professional diesel (instead of quarterly as it is currently), going beyond the commitments assumed in December 2021. Specifically, the monthly payment of professional fuel will take place from April and a system will be launched Monthly early return with annual regularization.
- Sanitary cent: the return will be accelerated by reinforcing the means for it.
And finally, one of the main measures requested by the Platform about operating costs, is also reflected in the agreement:
- Before July 31, MITMA will submit to the CNTC a text of bill to apply to the road freight transport sector the principles of the law of the food chain to ensure a fair use of subcontracting and profitability of work in the sector, to later present it to the Council of Ministers.
All the measures agreed between the Government and the CNTC will enter into force once the decree law that the Executive is preparing for the Council of Ministers of the next Tuesday March 29.
Likewise, this agreement complements the measures contained in the Royal Decree-Law 3/2022, of March 1. Among them: the prohibition of the participation of the driver in the loading and unloadingthe reduced waiting times from two hours to one or the mandatory price revision clause based on the evolution of the cost of fuel, as well as the Law to combat late payment, which sanctions payments over 60 days in the sector of transport, and which was achieved last year.
The Government asks carriers to cease the strike
Regarding the agreements reached at the meeting between the Executive and the CNTC, Pedro Sánchez has asked the carriers participating in the strike to read the signed agreement and has appealed “to their responsibility to restore normality”.
For her part, the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, has declared about the Platform’s announced rejection of the measures agreed upon with the CNTC for not having participated in the negotiation, she has insisted that “the important thing is not who sits on the table”, and has defended that “the associations that are part of the Committee are the valid interlocutors because they were recently elected by the entire sector”, according to El País.
Meanwhile, in the exercise of their freedom, the workers and, at the same time, businessmen of the sector will continue to manifest today to make their claims visible, both those that are included in the Platform’s mobilization and those that are not.
Side B of the protests is made up of the transport companies that have decided not to support the strike and the internal transport services of some companies that are being affected by this cessation of activity.
Since the strikes began, for the moment and according to the Ministry of the Interior there have already been 67 detainees and 6,969 convoys of trucks with merchandise and goods escorted by the State Security Forces and Bodies.
In addition, there are beginning to be supply problems in catering companies or commercial surfacesbut also some incidents caused by violent actions that from the Platform have claimed “to be orchestrated by infiltrators”according to statements by Hernandez.
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