Given the Government’s desire to maintain more significant and more targeted fuel aid beyond July 31, 2022, the OTRE requests the maintenance and strengthening of aid for road hauliers on fuel, already in place since April 1, 2022.
In the longer term, it calls for the establishment of “professional energy” for road operators in order to control the cost of energy for road hauliers who must be protected from excessive fluctuations and unpredictable for this important item in their operating account.
The health crisis has highlighted the decisive role of our sector and our companies, mostly SMEs, our “road workers” who criss-cross the country to ensure the continuity of economic life and the mobility of all, at the service of each.
Road hauliers, all trades combined, have enabled our nation to get through this difficult ordeal, to make the public authorities aware of the importance of this “second line” of defense that we embody. The recognition obtained in March 2022 with the specific consideration of our sector in the government’s resilience plan is confirmation of this.
But the sector, a major consumer of energy, remains very weakened by fuel prices that are still high and fluctuating.
As an emergency measure, the OTRE requests that the fuel aid measure applied since April 1, 2022 be maintained and reinforced beyond July 31, 2022. It expects this more significant and targeted aid to be directly managed. by the Tax Administration through the application of a monthly reimbursement system based on the liters consumed during the previous month, without it being taken into account in the CNR indices, thus guaranteeing that this measure benefits only and directly to carriers.
As a prospective measure and within the framework of work on the energy transition of the sector, the OTRE reaffirms its desire to begin work without delay aimed at establishing a “professional energy” for all road transport sectors, in order to to limit as much as possible the impact of energy price fluctuations on the operating accounts of our SMEs, which must be protected.
OTRE press release.