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President Temer's Concessions to Truck Drivers Open Up Other Fronts in the Crisis

06/07/2018 - 10h52

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GUSTAVO URIBE
LAÍS ALEGRETTI
JULIO WIZIACK
ANA PAULA RAGAZZI
FILIPE OLIVEIRA

The concessions made by the Temer Government to truck drivers have opened up other fronts in the crisis, involving governmental ministers, regulatory agencies, control entities, the country's states and business owners and operators.

Transportation Minister Valter Casimiro said that the National Land Transportation Agency would revise the minimum freight definitions agreed to previously with the sector and defined in a provisory executive order.

The revisions are in response to a request from Blairo Maggi (Agriculture), who has received complaints from agriculture interests. "Nobody wants to abandon the agreement that the President reached, as long as it is fair for both sides", declared the Minister.

Presidential Chief of Staff, Eliseu Padila, responded that the definitions would remain. "Any properly proven mistakes or omissions will be duly corrected".

Another rule expected to be contested is the reservation of 30% of cargo for the Companhia National de Abastecimento (National Supply Company) for independent drivers, without a bidding process.

State Governors have already complained about revenue losses from the lower price of diesel due to the removal of the Cide tax. Part of the amount will be transferred to the states.

There are also questions as to how the Federal Government will compensate the States for toll charges that have been suspended for trucks that are returning empty after deliveries, another concession to the category.

Business owners and operators have also raised questions about the fuel chain. Although the Chief Minister of the GSI (Institutional Security Cabinet), Sérgio Etchegoyen, has declared that the Government could use its police powers to ensure that the R$ 0.46 (US$ 0.12) reaches the pumps at refilling stations, few stations are actually passing along the full discount, according to data gathered by several Procons (State Consumer Protection Agencies).

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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