Expensive diesel: + 50% in one year, at risk of stopping trucks, buses, taxis and NCCs

The expensive fuel risks causing many public and private transport companies to stop. Cgia Mestre: “Price ceiling urgently”

Alessandro Pinto


From the sea, where the strike of the fishing boats went on for several days, the discontent over expensive fuel also extends to the road. The price of diesel has in fact broken through the 2 euro per liter ceiling, further heating up the climate in the road transport sector, which is already hot and not just for climatic reasons. The “professionals of the road” base their business on diesel vehicles and the surge of more than 50% of the price at the pump is likely to decree the shutdown of many companies. There are already cases of companies that have reduced work due to unsustainable costs, but the international context does not convey optimism and indeed there is the risk of witnessing a further worsening of the picture. And the decision of the Revenue Agency to allow the recovery of excise duties on diesel used for vehicles with a total mass exceeding 7.5 tons is of little value, first of all because “heavy vehicles” represent only 8% of the transport sector by road, and also because it excludes taxi drivers, car rental companies with driver (NCC), bus operators, commercial agents and small transporters. All categories heavily damaged by price increases.

excise duties: refunds for a few

The Government has intervened several times in the last few to calm the growing supply costs, which have skyrocketed also, but not only, in the wake of the turbulence resulting from the war in Ukraine. With the Aid decree of 18 March, a cut in excise duties on fuels was introduced (about 30 cents per liter) as well as specific measures for road transport. The latter, not yet enforceable, make it possible to recover the value paid for excise duties through the tax credit relating to the diesel used to supply the trucks registered in Italy with a total mass exceeding 7.5 tons, approximately 346,482 trucks, the same however not it can be the full of the 3,908,524 trucks with a lower mass that represent the backbone of freight transport. The reimbursement of excise duties is also contemplated for taxis and school buses, for NCCs who operate with a license issued by municipalities in which there are no taxis. No tax credit, on the other hand, for commercial agents and tourist buses.

price ceiling

In the face of the surge in fuel prices recorded in this last year, the Cgia Association of Artisans and Small Enterprises of Mestre takes sides in favor of introducing a temporary cap on the price at the pump, also extended to gas. The excise duty cut decree which by law reduced the price of petrol and diesel at the pump by 25 cents per liter has now been largely “neutralized”, in fact the increases have now “incorporated” the discount. However, this measure, which expires on 8 July, must be extended again and accompanied by the introduction of a cap on the price of petrol and diesel, at least until the end of next summer. A measure, the latter, which must be approved at national level. Brussels, in fact, as for gas, does not seem to be particularly “sensitive” to the introduction of these measures to mitigate expensive energy.

the companies affected

To provide a precise idea of ​​the size of the problem, the CGIA has provided an estimate on the number of companies involved in the over-charging. In Italy there are 1,685 trucking activities suspended and 16,877 companies which, despite being registered, do not have vehicles. At the regional level, Lombardy is the territorial reality with the highest number: 14,131. Followed by Emilia Romagna with 10,532, Campania with 9,436, Veneto with 9,171 and Lazio with 8,937. At the provincial level, however, it is Rome that records the most important number: 6,199. Followed by Naples with 4,502, Milan with 4,000, Turin with 2,962. Although there is no official database, the active taxis and NCCs resulting from the reading of the chamber registers relating to the 3rd quarter of 2021 amounted to just over 30,000, of which 14,151 taxi drivers, 8,722 NCCs and other 7,189 operators with transport licenses . Finally, the bus operating companies active as of 31 December 2021 were just under 3 thousand. Campania had 459, Lazio 347 and Sicily 334.

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