The Transport and Logistics sector is asking the government to implement a resilience plan, in order to support companies in the face of the meteoric rise in fuel prices.
Faced with soaring fuel prices, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced on March 11 a discount of 15 euro cents per liter of fuel from 1er April for a period of four months. This measure favorable to French citizens does not meet the urgent needs of companies in the sector. In this extremely violent inflationary context, the profession expects serious government assistance, limited in time, to deal with the losses recorded by our sector of activity. This support measure will give companies the time they need to pass on the inflation suffered to shippers and transport authorities.
The implementation of a resilience plan requires measures commensurate with the challenge and the unprecedented historical context. The risk of massive failures of our companies is high and the shortage of vehicles can quickly become a reality if significant and sectoral aid measures are not put in place.
However, without road transport, the supply chain comes to a halt, school transport is not guaranteed, as is that of the employees who use our public transport to get to work.
The health chain is weakened for the mobility of patients, the supply of medicines, the supply of oxygen to hospitals, etc.
The transport and logistics sector is strategic and vital for our economy and as such, it must imperatively benefit from specific and direct aid measures as soon as possible, all energies and all modes combined.
While the announcement of the measures of the resilience plan are expected this week, the Professional Organizations of Road Transport reiterate their demands:
- Exemption from tax and social charges and not a deferral.
- Direct and one-off aid per vehicle in order to take into account the impact of the sudden increases in fuel, the various cost items and the social agreement signed at the beginning of February.
- A monthly revision of the prices of public transport contracts that do not provide for this.
Professional organizations in the sector expect the Government to assume its responsibilities and to put this emergency aid in place as soon as possible.
Joint press release by OTRE, FNTR, Union TLF and FNTV.