Chega delivered a draft resolution to Parliament this Monday that recommends the Government to create a subsidy of up to 75% of the revenue lost by taxi drivers and drivers on digital platforms due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The document submitted by the sole deputy of the extreme right-wing parliament, André Ventura, provides for an “Emergency Supplement for Drivers (SEM) that, in conjunction with the municipalities, defines a direct and non-repayable allocation of 60 to 75% of the monthly income declared before the start of the pandemic crisis and the declaration of the first state of emergency ”.
The populist party’s initiative also suggests “protocols” of the municipalities with the taxi companies and Individual and Compensated Passenger Transport in Uncharacterized Vehicles (TVDE), such as the multinationals “Uber”, “Bolt” or Portuguese as “Vemja” among others, for “home delivery services” or “urgent passenger transportation”, during periods of “general confinement”.
Ventura justifies this resolution with the “exponential increase in telework, reduced mobility (especially within large urban areas) and the sharp drop in tourism in Portugal ”.
The current state of emergency due to the third wave of the covid-19 epidemic ends at 23:59 on 1 March. The next renewal will take effect between 2 and 16 March.
Under the state of emergency, the Government has imposed a general duty of home collection and the suspension of a series of activities since 15 January.
In Portugal, more than 15 thousand patients have died with covid-19 and so far more than 797 thousand cases of infection with the new coronavirus that causes this disease have been reported, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).