More than 200 entrepreneurs in the freight transport sector decided this Sunday to stop 20% of their fleets. It is a form of protest against rising fuel prices. “It has been decided that each of the carriers represented will stop around 20% of their fleets – some will be five cars, others one car, another twenty,” Paulo Paiva, spokesman for the Survivência pelo Setor platform, told Lusa.
Thus, the walkout will begin this Monday morning and Paulo Paiva estimates that “300 trucks, approximately”, will be arrested. And, for now, he says, there are no plans for strikes or blockades. “No strikes, no one agrees with strikes, no one agrees with road closures…it was unanimous,” he said.
For its part, the National Association of Public Road Freight Carriers (Antram), argues that the solution for the survival of freight transport companies, due to rising fuel prices, is through an increase in fares. “This is a situation never seen before and there must be an immediate solution, which involves the customers of these companies accepting and understanding an immediate increase in tariffs. These companies must negotiate a raise with their customers. Companies do not make money, they only pass on a cost, ”defended André Matias de Almeida, after a meeting with more than 200 associates.
It is recalled that, for this week, the government plans – depending on the evolution of the international markets – an increase of 16 cents per liter of diesel and 11 cents of gasoline.
Faced with rising prices, the government decided to take action. “Assuming that next week there may be an increase in the price of fuel at the pump of 16 cents per liter of diesel and 11 cents per liter of petrol, this translates into a potential increase in VAT revenue of 2.4 cents per liter of gasoline”. diesel and 1.7 cents per liter of gasoline. It is this value that is fully reflected in the decrease [do ISP]that we determined today [esta sexta-feira] and which comes into force next Monday,” announced Mendonça Mendes, Secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs. Indeed, the government has decided to lower the tax on petroleum products (ISP).