Skopje, 30 March 2020 (MIA) — Transport companies need their truck drivers to be able to go to drive-thru testing sites instead of wasting their time scheduling medical appointments, according to Filip Manojlovski speaking for the Service Chamber within the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce at a press conference Monday.
Also, truckers should be able to delay having to register their vehicles until the end of the crisis, Manojlovski insisted.
At this moment, according to him, their work is crucial to the uninterrupted exchange of goods and key for the timely supply of bare necessities to citizens and the industry. And registering their freight and passenger vehicles in such a situation would be an additional financial burden to everyone.
“Transport businesses are only working at half capacity,” he told reporters.
These companies are recording losses every day, he added. But how big their losses will ultimately turn out to be will be known only after the state of emergency is over.
Problems surrounding delays at border crossings, including the issuance of special permits so truckers don’t have to be quarantined for 14 days, continue to subside.
The export-import sector is currently focusing on the bare necessities, he highlighted, such as the food industry.
“We urge the insurance companies,” Manojlovski said, “to extend their coverage period until the end of the crisis.
“We also need to take extra steps,” he added, “to extend all deadlines for loan repayments for at least the following three months.
“After the crisis ends, credit lines should be brought back to normal, including lease obligations.”
Manojlovski pointed out that Slovenia has already increased salaries to key people who work at the forefront of the crisis, such as medical personnel, grocery employees, and truckers.
According to him, if truckers stopped doing their jobs (which are the most jeopardized by the virus, along with doctors, police, the military, and the media), supermarket shelves would remain empty, the economy would suffer further damage, and manufacturing plants would experience difficulties with the distribution of their products.
In this context, he noted, the Customs Administration and its customs officials have to work at full capacity, and the Government needs to adopt these urgent and necessary economic measures as soon as possible.
Transport companies, Manojlovski said, continue to make sure they respect the government-issued preventative measures against COVID-19 to protect their workers. Truckers disinfect their vehicles daily, while their companies keep procuring protective masks, gloves, and overshoes according to all recommendations. mr/
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