The Independent Federation of Transporters of Andalusia, Fedintra, appeals to the Administration and requests urgent measures to deal with the unaffordable and continued situation of rising energy prices (diesel, gas, urea, spare parts of all kinds, etc). In Granada there are more than 14,000 schoolchildren who use school transport.

In the month of June, the price of diesel has reached the historical figure of 2 euros per liter, 40% more so far this year. To this terrible rise should be added a 16.10% produced in 2021. In turn, the price of natural gas accumulates an increase of 140% in 2022, being in 2021 365.41% higher than the average of 2020, indicates the Federation in a statement.

Some fuel suppliers have transferred to Fedintra, that it is very possible that the figure of 3 euros per liter of diesel will be reached in the coming months, “for school transport the current figure of 2 euros is already devastating, and even if the 3 euros per liter were not reached, if the Andalusian Government does not take measures to compensate for this situation, with these costs we will not be able to start the school routes in September for the next course”, says Antonio Vázquez, president of Fedintra.

If public contracts set prices and conditions, depending on the situation at the time of signing; for a period that can last for years, the logical thing is to propose clauses that can vary these conditions “as has been quickly established in the construction sector, with the review of material prices”Vazquez noted.

For this reason, Fedintra has requested a review of the public contracts for school transport from the Andalusian Government’s Ministry of Education, and the Andalusian Public Agency for Education, in order to support many routes that are no longer profitable, and that put serious danger the transfer of thousands of students daily in many corners and regions of Andalusia.

In the medium and long term, it is necessary to establish a rate revision protocol or a rebalancing of management contracts for public transport services, as well as the revision of the prices of all the contracts dependent on the Administrations. It is not possible to carry out a public contract, based on prices from years ago, and continue as is, mechanisms must be provided for monitoring all public transport contracts and, especially, in school transport”, pointed out Antonio Vázquez, President of Fedintra.

The levels of passenger demand, especially in regular transport, are still far from those of 2019, with a loss of more than 1,018 million passengers in 2021, which still persists in 2022, with an average drop of around 20%, according to INE data.

The bus is a key sector for the Spanish economy which, before the crisis, had a turnover of almost 6,000 million euros per year, employing more than 95,000 people; in addition to being key in investing in sustainable mobility technologies and in promoting public transport. In Andalusia there are more than 500 affected companies and 11,000 jobs in danger.

“It is essential that the Autonomous Administration take action on the matter, and articulate measures to defray the crazy energy cost, which especially affects small and medium-sized Andalusian transport companies in the school transfer service and companies with bus routes. regular transport. If mechanisms have been activated for construction companies due to the increase in the cost of materials, the same criteria must be applied to companies that carry out public service contracts. (such as school transportation) in Andalusia” points out Antonio Vázquez.