The association of transporters of Gipuzkoa criticized on Saturday that the system of tolls for heavy vehicles in the A-15 and the NI "unfairly penalizes" the truckers of the territory, "more" from the modification of the ATE system that went into vigor last May 14.
A vehicle that passes four times through the portico installed in Andoain, "something that normally happens with local transporters but not with outsiders", will pay 3.24 euros more, according to Guitrans calculations, while those passing through the three arches (Etzegarate, Andoain and Astigarraga) will pay 1.57 less, the association said in a statement.
The president of Guitrans, Mario Palacios, has highlighted in the assembly, which has gathered in the Miramar Palace of San Sebastian to companies from Gipuzkoa and transport associations throughout Spain, the importance of uniting a sector that accounts for 4.4% of GDP from Gipuzkoa and employs 12,000 people in the territory.
It has had an impact on the kilometric retentions that have occurred since 2015 at the Biriatou border crossing, a situation that it has considered "intolerable" and for which it has held the French authorities responsible for "not using all available means" to tackle the problem. Palacios has indicated that a truck that had been in all the queues that have occurred in the A-8 at that point would have accumulated 40,000 euros of losses.
In this regard, he reported that the National Transport Committee has agreed to use the legal and administrative resources to get the administration gala "reconsider its attitude."
Increase in costs
The president of Guitrans has stressed that the increase in activity is not accompanied by a rise in profitability, since transport costs have risen by 2018 by 1.3% but prices "have remained and in many cases have fallen" .
It has had an impact on the "unfair competition" exercised by offshoring companies and of countries with lower wage and tax costs that, in their opinion, "is altering the market" so that "it is impossible to update prices",
Faced with this situation has called for an "effective inspection" by the authorities to detect fraudulent practices and recalled that, according to data from the Ministry of Development, in 2018 "only 7% of vehicles controlled was foreign when the market share which they had in 2016 was over 30% and since then it has increased ».
It has warned of the decrease in the number of transport companies in Gipuzkoa, with the disappearance of 1,058 companies since 2008, and recalled that each truck pays around 23,000 euros of taxes per year, so the Gipuzkoan foral estate "fails to raise 34 , 5 million euros each year ».
Palacios stressed the need to maintain the figure of professional diesel to "avoid reversing the tax increases" on this fuel as it can reverse the price.
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