Angry professionals reject PL over indexing

The National Union of Road Transport Professionals, affiliated to the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT) has categorically rejected the bill relating to the indexation of road transport prices and fuel prices, initiated by the Minister of Transport and logistics, Mohamed Ben Abdeljalil.

For the trade union organization, this bill does not solve the problems, on the contrary it should only accentuate them. In this sense, she denounced a text that only serves the interests of large industrialists and international groups, and threatened to resort to street demonstrations to stop this bill.

The bill makes mandatory the automatic revision of the price of road transport initially agreed between the parties within the framework of a contract of carriage. The change in the fuel cost index is added to the fuel costs when they exceed the absolute value of the 5% threshold between the date of conclusion of the transport contract and the date of its completion.

For the Union, this bill will mainly have the impact of “stealing” the people’s money instead of reforming or calming the situation caused by the fluctuations in fuel prices at the international level and their repercussions on the internal market of transport.

This bill, in this form, serves above all the interests of large companies working in international transport, and international companies established in Morocco, in particular the large industrialists who have already increased their prices of products (drinks, oils, milk, mineral waters etc) even with transport aid from the government aimed at combating rising prices, the union believes.

He also recalls that the liberalization of transport pricing without control and by all, will encourage speculation by transporters, noting that a large majority (75%) of the sector that works with citizens is not structured.

Finally, the representative of road transport professionals affirms that this bill does not respond to the problems of fluctuating fuel prices, and will not reduce the high costs of transporting goods.

The union also argued that the bill on the indexation of transport prices with fuel prices, “is not an immediate solution, because its legislative process will take at least two years”.

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