Very little disruption reported on first day of transport strike in Spain

Very little disruption reported on first day of transport strike in Spain. image: wikimedia

The first day of a transport strike in Spain saw very little disruption reported across the country

An indefinite strike by the National and International Road Freight Sector Defense Minority Platform began today, Monday March 14, with very little reported impact nationally. Some isolated and intermittent roadblocks occurred in different parts of the country.

The convening platform, one without representation in the transport sector’s dialogue with the government – the National Road Transport Committee – announced its strike for this Monday in protest against high fuel prices, an action that n is not supported by the majority of transport associations in Spain.

Manuel Hernandez, the platform’s president, in a statement to EFE, assured that from his follow-up of the Lugo transporters’ strike, it seems to be “very good”.

the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) reported that transport stops do not cause notable incidents, although they detected information pickets, for which alternative routes have been established.

Sources from the Traffic Information Service said that three road sections were affected: on the A6, in Lugo towards Madrid, there was a closed lane; on the N640, also in Lugo, in the municipality of A Campiña, there were delays, and on the A27 in Tarragona, towards the port, there was a traffic jam for one kilometer.

In Madrid, there were no notable incidents, beyond a few informative pickets in areas such as Mercamadrid. Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, the capital’s mayor, confirmed there were no complications and ruled out there could be any shortages.

In the Valencian Community, no significant incident has been reported either. One of the spokespersons of the convening platform, Alvaro Ortiz, president of the Association of Port Transport of the Valencian Community (Asotraport), said EFE that the strike reached 85 percent of capacity, and affected activity in the terminals of the Port of Valencia.

The transport strike did not stop activity in Andalusia, although there were some informative pickets in industrial areas. According to sources in the sector, early in the morning there were intermittent traffic cuts in the municipality of Jaén de Bailen.

The transport bosses of the Balearic Islands did not support the strike, but in the morning more than a hundred trucks were driving on one of Palma’s motorways and causing traffic jams at the time of the heaviest traffic.

The Spanish Confederation of Goods Transport (CETM) – the most important of the associations – understands that “now is not the time” to support a transport strike, and even less if it is indefinite, and “without clear objectives”, because “it will only serve to further destabilize the complicated situation.

He called on the government to act “immediately” to limit fuel prices for road freight transport for the duration of the current situation, which has caused a 20% increase in fuel prices.

Since the end of January, diesel has increased by 30.4%, reaching €1.80/litre last Friday 11, although in some service stations it is already over two euros per litre.

Filling the tank of an international truck, which typically has a capacity of 1,500 litres, now costs €2,700, up from €2,070 at the end of January. This figure could exceed €3,000 in the coming days with the more than foreseeable price spike, as reported diariodesevilla.es.

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