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Transport employers will make a lockout tomorrow in the islands

Transport employers will make a lockout tomorrow in the islands.

The lockout can become indefinite and cause a real drama on the islands.
Tomorrow, Monday, transport entrepreneurs in the Canary Islands will begin an indefinite lockout in demand of a regulation of the use of the tachograph that adapts to the reality of the Archipelago.


This is a lockout, so trucks will not leave their garages. In principle, as explained to DIARIO DE AVISOS, the president of the Federation of Transport Entrepreneurs (FET), José Agustín Espino, there will be no concentration or row of trucks on the road. The platform will concentrate on the docks waiting for the progress of Events and the meeting with the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Minister of Transport, Sebastián Franquis, which will be at noon.


This meeting is the last cartridge of the Executive to prevent the lockout from becoming indefinite and causing a real drama in the Islands with the distribution and supply of goods. "We hope that the government will make a move," Espino said.


But to understand this indefinite closure of the employers, we must first explain why it occurs. And the main motif is the tachograph. Tachographs are devices used to monitor and enforce rules on carriers' driving hours. These devices can record aspects such as driving times, speed or distance traveled, among other things. Its use is mandatory throughout the European territory. As stated in Regulation E.C. 561/2006, goods vehicles must carry a tachograph when the maximum authorized mass exceeds 3.5 tonnes, including any trailer or semi-trailer.


However, the European Union Mobility Package allows transport vehicles on islands of 2,300 square kilometres or less to do without the tachograph. The Spanish Government only applies this exception in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, leaving out the Canary and Balearic archipelagos. And it is understood that the journeys in the Islands will never be as long as in peninsular territory.


That said, when the tachograph arrived in the Canary Islands in 2010, the entrepreneurs gave themselves a year of testing and, according to Espino, it was shown that its application in the Islands was a "real disaster". "That's why we asked to be exempt from its use and in 2012 we were about to get it. We had agreed an agreement with Madrid, but the elections came and everything remained in the air," he explained.


What carriers demand is that the tachograph be modulated to adapt to the circumstances of the Canary Islands because they consider that its mandatory use in the Islands, due to its small area, generates bureaucratic difficulties and unnecessary investments that are not justified by the existence of problems or breaches of the breaks, since the distances traveled are short and, Therefore, driving times are very limited.

In this sense, they have put on the table a proposal for the exclusive use of the tachograph as an element of control of the working day, as demanded by the unions. "It can be done and it's legal," Espino said, "but they have flatly refused."
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The lockout of transport also in Fuerteventura ends.

The association of road transport companies Asemtra has decided to suspend the indefinite strike that had begun this Monday throughout the Canary Islands to demand that they be released from the use of the tachograph on the islands, after having taken down the sector in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


The strike celebrated its second day on Tuesday, but only on the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, because the carriers of Tenerife, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera had agreed not to continue with it so as not to harm the banana sector.


In a statement released this afternoon, Asemtra explains that in the assemblies held in the last hours in the province of Las Palmas the companies have also decided to suspend the strike, after the commitments assumed by the Government of the Canary Islands in the meeting held by the sector on Monday with its president, Ángel Víctor Torres.


The first of them consists, recalls the employers, in "convening a meeting with the Government of the Balearic Islands within 15 days to jointly study the possibilities of requesting before the ministries with competence in the matter of regulations on tachograph the adaptation to the particularities of the archipelagos ".


The Canarian Government had also announced that it would arrange a "technical meeting" with the Ministry of Transport "to address the possibilities of regulatory modification in the field of tachograph".


In addition, says the transport employers, "the political groups that support the Canarian Government will present in the Parliament of the Canary Islands a motion for a resolution to seek consensus among all groups in the line of continuing to advance in the studies that allow adapting the tachograph to the island reality".


Likewise, the Executive will commission a specialized consultant of "a report that analyzes and evaluates the technical possibilities and configuration of the tachograph in the islands, respecting road safety and the rights of workers".


Finally, the carriers say that there is a commitment to study "the adaptation of the amount of transport sanctions to the current inflationary situation and the size of the economy in the Canary Islands."

The Government of the Canary Islands has repeatedly responded to the carriers that exempting the sector from the use of the tachograph on the islands, as it claims, is a decision that exceeds its competence, while the majority unions have threatened to call mobilizations if that request is acceded to, because they fear that it will give rise to abuses in the duration of the working day and the regulation of drivers' breaks.
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