Pandemic, city closures, ban on inter-city travel without exceptional authorization, rising fuel prices… road transport professionals have faced several difficulties since the start of the pandemic in 2020. In this sense, the Ministry of Equipment of Transport and Logistics is preparing to organize a series of meetings with representatives of professionals in the sector in order to find appropriate solutions to a number of outstanding issues.
As promised in December, the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics has informed trade unions in the road transport sector that a meeting will be held with their representatives next week, revealed to MoroccoLatestNewsMounir Benazzouz, General Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Professionals, affiliated to the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT).
This initiative comes after four unions sent a letter to the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohamed Abdeljalil, in order to distinguish them from the rest of the other bodies, in particular the associations.
“The presence of the most representative trade unions, as well as certain associations located in very limited areas, is not fair“, estimated Benazzouz, noting that the ministry responded to their request and decided to receive the most representative unions in the sector.
The meeting scheduled for next week, which is expected to be attended by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, “will address a number of topics, including overloading and the business card, and will help find a solution to the problem of high fuel prices“.
During a session of oral questions in the House of Councillors, Mohamed Abdeljalil announced that his ministry, in collaboration with professionals, will look into the development of a roadmap for the coming year in order to address issues that aim to advance the road transport sector dedicated to intercity travellers.
A first meeting already took place last December, between the Minister and representatives of the road passenger transport sector, during which all the problems facing the sector were presented, in particular the effects of the pandemic on its profitability. The two parties therefore agreed at this meeting to a common action methodology aimed at modernizing this mode of transport, improving social conditions and encouraging investment.
Also according to the Minister of Transport, the road transport sector includes 1,743 transport companies with a fleet of 2,152 vehicles, 62% of which are less than 15 years old, while the number of licenses issued amounts to 3,495 licenses, noting that this sector experiences a significant percentage of intercity travel, estimated at 35%.
The government official revealed that the ministry is currently relying on a participatory approach aimed at qualifying actors in the sector and carrying out structural and institutional reforms, while preserving the achievements and taking into account the need to adapt legal requirements. and regulations to the changes our country is experiencing, in addition to ensuring the sustainability of transport services, quality and supply, maintaining road safety and ensuring the integration of all types of passenger transport.