Madrid road transport demands to modify the fleet renewal schedule – El Mercantil

The Goods department of the Madrid Road Transport Committee (CMTC), an advisory body made up of the main associations in the Madrid road transport sector, has asked the Madrid City Council to urgently modify the renewal schedule of urban merchandise distribution fleets (DUM) provided for in the current Sustainable Mobility ordinance. This rule provides that, as of January 1, 2023, that is, in just three months, light transport vehicles with a B badge (up to 3.5 tons) and heavy vehicles without a badge (up to 3.5 tons) cannot access the center. more than 3.5 tons), which represents approximately 60% of the current fleet, according to the agency.

The sector recalls that there are already sanctions on carriers that make it difficult for them to enter and exit through the A-42

If this “so restrictive” measure is applied, says the CMTC, it will lead to supply problems throughout the center of Madrid, “because the transport sector has been discriminated against with respect to the rest of the merchants in the area, since the city council to the neighbors regarding the access regime in the last modification of the ordinance“. However, according to the committee’s complaint, “the transport sector has been largely forgotten despite the essential activity it carries out”.

“The Madrid City Council continues to ignore the fact that it is an economic sector that is going through times of enormous economic difficulty” due to the sharp rise in fuel prices, which, according to the sector associations, make it impossible to renew its fleet, estimated at 900 million euros in order to comply with the schedule established in the ordinance. Added to this are the delays of truck and van dealers in the delivery of the vehicles purchased, with waiting times that in some cases exceed a year, according to the committee’s estimates.

According to the access schedules to the Central District that are established for merchandise distribution vehicles, the distribution activity must be carried out in a concentrated manner in the morning, which is when citizens make the most trips, with the consequent increase in traffic jams and saturation of the places reserved for loading and unloading, explains the committee. For this reason, the Administration is also requested that these schedules be more staggered and that distribution be allowed in the afternoon.

“It should be remembered that the current municipal government team was very critical of the regulation of Madrid Central proposed in 2018 by the previous mayor, Manuela Carmena. Well, regarding the transport of goods, the regulation has remained practically the same, and this despite the different events that have occurred since then”, and which have a very negative effect on the investment capacity of the self-employed and SMEs in the transport sector. , has recalled the Madrid Committee for Road Transport in its statement.

In the opinion of the associations that make up said committee, it is “further proof of the insult and harassment of the activity of distribution and distribution of goods”, added to the sanctions on carriers that circulate through the Plaza Elíptica and surroundings by the Madrid City Council , “making it impossible for them to enter and exit the city of Madrid through one of its main arteries, such as the A-42.” From the advisory body, they assure that they continue to be open to dialogue and affirm that they do not lose hope that improvements and advances can be implemented “that ensure that the road freight transport sector can continue to provide its public service to citizens.”

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