New Legal Framework for public transport to restructure and improve service, says sector – Prime Time Zone

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Entity points out losses of BRL 14 billion caused by the loss of passengers in the pandemic

State ContentAccording to the president of NTU, the change in the collection model would reduce passenger fares

With a strong drop in collection, Legal Framework companies of the public transport will restructure and improve the service, says sector defend the creation of a legal framework for the sector. Companies accumulate losses in recent months because of the loss of passengers in the pandemic. The special advisor of SPURBANUSS, which is the Union of Collective Urban Passenger Transport Companies of São Paulo, Francisco Christovam, said that the current situation is unsustainable. “We are already counting more than 250 stoppages in several Brazilian cities. More than 30 companies have already delivered contracts and services to city halls, demonstrating that they are no longer able to continue operating. We accumulated a loss of around R$ 14 billion over these months and over 70 thousand workers have already been laid off”, he says. The executive president of NTU, National Association of Urban Transport, Otávio Cunha, defends a change in the companies’ collection model. “There will be the public tariff and the remuneration tariff. The public tariff is what the user will pay, and the other is fair remuneration for the services provided. There is a need to do this because, today, the paying passenger is the only agent that finances this service. Therefore, this model needs to be changed”, he says. According to Otávio Cunha, the change would reduce the rate of passengers. The proposal for the Legal Framework for public transport should be presented soon to the National Congress.

*With information from reporter Vitor Brown