CHP Deputy ChairmanI am Veli AğbabaAfter a steady increase in fuel, the problems of private public buses, school buses, and the business of providing education services on buses were brought on the agenda of the legislature.
Ababa said in his research proposal to the assembly that school bus, private public bus traders and resident education service traders under the National Ministry of Education will no longer be able to work due to the continuous rise in fuel prices.
CHP’s Ağbaba says if the government does not support these business groups providing transportation services, students will not be able to go to their schools and urban transport services will be disrupted.
“Our students can’t go to school at this rate”
CHP Deputy Chairman Veli Ababa made the following statement in his statement:
“Turkey is facing a crisis it has never experienced before. Diesel and petrol are now increasing by 1-1.5 lira per day. It is not clear what the price of diesel and petrol will be at the end of this month, which has exceeded 22 lira. In rural areas education is conducted through the system. Our traders, who are in the transport sector in many provinces, came to the point of closure. As a result our students will be unfortunately harmed. The National Ministry of Education should also take action in this regard and pay the difference to school bus service vendors due to rising fuel costs. Otherwise this situation will not be sustainable. The government should help service traders in the transport sector. The government should take immediate action and support the service traders who provide transport training. ”
‘State can’t do any good to poor businessmen’
“After the price hike, the income of private public bus operators working on urban public transport no longer covers their expenses. The monthly cost of a private public bus with official information; One month’s diesel consumption has exceeded 30,000 TL. As a result, private government buses are no longer able to travel. Private public bus operators have cut off communication in many places against rising fuel prices. Operators say that if we do not work and connect our car and my house to the front of the track, they will be more profitable. Also, the assistance provided to private public buses providing free transportation is inadequate. The duty of the social state is to take care of the poor, the disabled and the elderly. The state cannot do any good to the poor shopkeepers. ”
“State should waive SCT and VAT on fuel”
“Since 2018, every private public bus operator has received only 1000 TL from the Ministry of Family and Social Services for free passenger transport. No increase in four years. These buses are free for those over 65, disabled and some public servants. Some vehicles carry 14-15 thousand lira free passengers per month. In Malatya, for example, 32 out of every 100 people board a free bus. The state should stop enslaving public bus operators. Boarding fees for these individuals must be covered by the state. Private public bus operators operate at a loss every month. The state should consider this situation and support our shopkeepers who operate private public buses. The social state should not serve citizens through businessmen, and should provide services and assistance from its own budget. The state should ease the burden on traders by waiving SCT and VAT on petrol and diesel. If this continues, our students will not be able to go to their schools, urban transport will be disrupted all the time and our citizens will not be able to go to work. ”
“64-fold increase in fuel prices puts an end to transport service providers”
Ağbaba’s research proposals include the following statements:
“Fuel prices are rising almost every day in Turkey. So much so that last year the price of petrol rose by more than 165 per cent. Petrol and diesel prices, which were 7.23 TL last year, surpassed 20 TL in the first 3 months of 2022 as a result of continuous growth. In 2022 alone, fuel prices have risen a total of 64 times. Last year the average tank of a car was 397 TL, this price has increased to 1025 TL till March 2022. The increase in energy affects most of the service providers that provide education transport services and the private public bus companies that provide urban transport services. At the same time, our service vendors are on the verge of bankruptcy due to rising fuel costs, while our students are unable to attend school. When we consider that a liter of gasoline, which was 7.23 TL when they won the tender last year, has exceeded 20 TL by March 2022, then working in the service business will not cover the earnings and fuel costs of our traders. “
“Parliament should investigate the solution of transport traders’ problems”
“Private public bus companies operating in the city have also come to a standstill due to rising fuel prices. Private government buses have been unable to meet the revenue expenditure due to rising fuel prices. The average monthly fuel consumption of private public buses, whose average monthly cost is 50 thousand TL, has reached 30 thousand TL as compared to the previous year. In addition, when we consider the mandatory cost of private public buses, it is seen that they operate at an average loss of 6 to 7 thousand TL per month. Disabled, elderly, etc. It is observed that the cost of free transportation to disadvantaged groups varies from a minimum of 10,000 to 14,000 TL per month for private public bus operators. Despite the high cost, the Ministry of Family and Social Policy provides only 1.000 TL as free transportation assistance. In that case, it is important for the council to act in the public interest to protect our businesses from these groups and to solve their problems. “