Truckers union calls permanent assembly in rejection of draft regulations
By The Star Staff
The Greater Truckers Front (FAC by its Spanish initials) on Thursday rejected the draft regulations issued by the Bureau of Transportation and Other Public Services, as well as the rate system.
“Despite the good will expressed by all the affiliated chapters of the FAC and after many meetings, as well as conversations, including with the merchants who hire our workers, we have received a draft regulation that intends to go above the spirit of the law,” said Edwin Marrero Martínez, the public relations coordinator for the FAC, in a written statement.
“As is public knowledge, our system is one based on the minimum rate established by a lawful mandate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as stated in Law 109 of June 28, 1962, as amended. Therefore, the use of the figure of the carrier by contract should be eliminated from the draft of the regulation, which today is practically nonexistent,” Marrero Martínez said. “Having this figure creates a parallel rate system in open violation of the law, which would not only be unfair competition, but would also border on immorality after carriers have been waiting for rate justice for more than 15 years.”
He affirmed that the FAC approved a permanent assembly vote that would take effect immediately, in the event that the submitted amendments to the draft regulations are not accepted.
“In particular, the elimination of the new definition that the Bureau intends to give to that figure of the contract carrier,” Marrero Martínez said. “We want to make it clear that, before making this determination, we have exhausted all administrative remedies, including the public hearing appeal that just concluded today.”
“It is unfortunate that we once again have to exert pressure through a permanent assembly, which can be avoided by understanding that the definition of the contract carrier accepted by the Bureau is outside the parameters of the law,” the union leader said. “Reason does not scream, reason convinces, but when reason is not listened to, we are obliged to raise our voices through a permanent assembly.”