The wrath of NCC drivers and private buses: “We do school transport, but nobody helps us”

“There were 120 vehicles. No fines, no hindrance to traffic, no misplaced gestures. We want the government to reason.” Luca Malfer, FAI businessman and delegate, is calm. The Italian Trucking Federation brings together about 800 companies, 50 thousand employees with a turnover of 500 million euros. These are private buses that provide school transport, tourist transport and business transport services (the “shuttles” for employees). It would be better to talk about it in the past, they carried out.

“We have stopped since February 26,” says Malfer. Which then indicates twenty stationary vehicles in the square of his company, gives somewhere in the industrial suburbs of Monza. “Buses at standstill cost even more. Because in addition to the expenses for certifications, sanitisations, stamp duty and road tax, there is the wear of the vehicle to be avoided.

For example, to prevent the battery from being discharged”. What led the employees of this sector to demonstrate in front of the Pirellone in Milan this morning together with the NCC? Beyond the anguish from the economic crisis there is a problem of classification. Malfer specifies: “Our category falls into road transport under the aegis of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Freight transport by road during this period has worked more than usual, so it is far from suffering. We should depend on the Ministry of cultural goods, that is, tourism. That is, to be assimilated to local public transport “. But translated into pennies, what does that mean? “The cure-Italy decree provided that we were paid for school services suspended from March to June.

But the subsequent revival decree removed these subsidies, providing for a lost fund which, if it was billed over 1 million euros, reaches € 15,000 for the whole of 2020. It is estimated that the 9 weeks of layoffs ended in late May, and perhaps we could take advantage of them not earlier than September.

But with school and tourism paralyzed, how do we pay employees? “. Meanwhile it starts raining, someone moves the buses to the shed, to the shelter. For the rain of the crisis, the shed of these workers (between entrepreneurs and employees there is no practical distinction) is called Dario Franceschini, minister with responsibility for tourism.

As long as you meet him and turn the proposals into a substantial modification of the relaunch decree. Because you won’t see a euro around here until October-November.