carrier protested nationwide. Major roads were blocked by heavy truck and buses. The demands remain unchanged – a 50% reduction in excise duty on fuel, the temporary abolition of the surcharge for environmentally friendly fuel and the postponement of the planned expansion of the toll system.
hundrets of truck and buses gathered on Tuesday morning on Tsarigradsko Boulevard in Sofia.
At 9:30 a.m. 120 truck and 50 buses had to go downtown. However, they were not admitted by the police. The traffic police explained that they did not allow them because they fulfill the coordination letter from the mayor of Sofia.
At 11:00 a.m. the carrier decided to block the traffic towards Sofia at the traffic light “Vrana” for a short time. The left lane was then released.
“Tensions continue to mount. Mr. Sabev and Mr. Karadjov add fuel to the fire. After their speeches yesterday, protests were organized in many cities where they were not announced. The wave has started, the protest will be large-scale today”, said Magdalena Miltenova from the Confederation of Bus Carriers. In their opinion, with the reduction in excise duty on fuels and the elimination of bioadditives, fuels will be between 40 and 50 cents cheaper.
Regarding the toll system, Miltenova said that mid-year changes would lead many companies into bankruptcy.
“We are seeing another government provocation. Also at the moment there is a car stopped by the Automobile Authority to inspect the trucks. We have come to a peaceful protest United Transport Industry”, said Dimitar Dimitrov from the Chamber of Road Transporters.
More than 300 truck and buses have blocked all entrances and exits in Plovdiv since early morning. On Asenovgradsko Blvd. Cars were only allowed to drive in the left lane. By noon the column of protesters there is 3 km.
“We continue to call for the resignation of three ministers. You saw what happened when you tried to talk. If the demands are not met, there is a risk of insolvency – of the transport company and the bus carrier“, said Iliya Kosturski, board member of the Union of International Carriers.
“We want to stop overexploitation, ie by lowering consumption tax without an organic surcharge, the fuel price would automatically fall by between 40 and 45 cents from the current price. And that would stop the rise in prices and services in everything. “ said Ilija Kosturski.
For his part, Vasil Pironkov, owner of a transport company, said the problem had existed for years. “It is currently increasing with the growth of fuels. The EU Regulation 13 70 states that when outsourcing passenger transport, municipalities and states must pay the actual costs incurred and 5% profitability. There are no feeder companies. Under this regulation, only part of the funds will be disbursed.” he explained.
“As for them buses, It’s a disaster. Each bus is charged at least between 150 and 200 leva every day. This is a social service. There is no way to further burden this transport by participating in public procurement. The ticket prices are extremely inadequate”, said Pironkov.
In Burgas, the protest began with a procession. They expect the dialogue with the authorities to resume and the government to make compromises.
“If nobody listens to us, on May 18th we will move to closing retail chains, roads and borders.” said Vasil Mihalev, deputy chairman of the National Freight Association.
“Everyone has a car, the car is not a luxury. With the abolition of the consumption tax and the organic surcharge, we will make transport easier and thus keep inflation in the country. The calculation is very simple.” said Svetoslav Dimitrov, owner of a transport company.
“To say, ‘We don’t have any money,’ and to make it clear to society from now on who will be responsible for the broken relationships. I will ask the transport minister to say why he is subsidizing rail transport and why the BDZ is privileged over those who use bus transport?” Asked Rumen Hristov, owner of bus company Avtobusni Prevozi.
“We want to solve the problem of financing transport to small settlements. If this does not happen, they will be left without transport after the contracts expire. The municipalities of Sredets, Malko Tarnovo, Ruen, Sungunlare and Karnobat are threatened. Income is low”warned Rumen Hristov, owner of transport companies.
Demonstrators are also obstructing traffic on the Maritza highway near the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint. Periodically, people block the road towards Haskovo, slowing down traffic.
Some last week carrier The meeting with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov triggered a scandal in which measures against rising fuel prices were to be discussed.
Meanwhile, the taxi industry decides when and how to join the national protest in the transport sector. Several unions are meeting Tuesday to discuss the case. Because of the high fuel prices, the industry is asking for government help.
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