The traffic in Bucharest is paralyzed as, around 4,000 hauliers, according to estimates by the Gendarmerie, gathered on Thursday morning in Victoriei Square and on Kiseleff Blvd. to protest against the price rise of Civil Auto Liability (RCA), a compulsory insurance.
The protest started, officially, at 9:30am, when the hauliers, who drove in their cars, buses and minibuses, started to honk.
The protest will end at 3pm, and is expected to attract around 7,000 buses, coaches, and cabs pertaining to unions active in the public passenger transport sector as well as lorries carrying out freight transport activities.
The protest is organized by the Confederation of Operators and Authorized Transporters in Romania (COTAR) together with the Romanian Transport Operators’ Federation (FORT), the Employers’ Association of Carriers Europe 2002 (APTE 2002), the Romanian Association for International Road Transport (ARTRI), the National Association of Independent Transporters and Taxi Drivers (ANTTI) and the Transport Operators’ Association (APULUM).
The hauliers are requesting the intervention of public authorities in order to ensure a sustainable cost of the RCA insurance, given that its cost increased by 300pct in the last six months for passenger transport and freight transport services, including by taxi, as well as the removal of the extra excise, starting January 1, 2016.
Moreover, the hauliers are requesting “the Romanian Government’s intervention to amend legislation (ORDA decisions) stating that hauliers must pay enormous sums for copyright, although their activity is passenger transport, and not to broadcast musical works or ambient music in buses, taxies.”
“We are requesting support for amending Law no. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights, so that hauliers can be exempted from the duty to pay copyright taxes monthly on the basis that their car is equipped with a radio. For procedures to be aligned with those in the European Union, for only one tax to be paid the moment the vehicle to be used for passenger transportation activities is registered,” the statement informs.
Moreover, the hauliers request the speeding up of the legislative roadmap of the Ministry of Transport for draft laws discussed and approved in the Social Dialogue Committees (amending a Government Order), documents that should be sent to the Government or to the Official Gazette for publication.