His latest decision, to supply masks to the logistics sector, is in addition to the opening of the workshops and the permission for two people to go in the trucks.
The Government has taken in recent days a series of measures to shield supplies of basic necessities while the coronavirus alarm state lasts. The last one, today. The Ministry of Transport, through an order published in the BOE, has established the distribution of eight million masks among Renfe, Aena and Correos staff. Of that amount, half, Four million will be distributed among road hauliers of both freight and passengers, that is, both truckers and urban and intercity bus drivers, taxi drivers and those with rental vehicle with driver (VTC). Last Thursday, the logistics employers, UNO, warned last Thursday that there was a risk that the supply chain would break due to the lack of protective measures for its workers. The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, assured that same day that his Department was working to find a solution to the problem and today announced the distribution of the masks through the BOE.
The purchase of the masks joins other decisions taken days ago by Transportes to facilitate the work of these professionals and guarantee supply. Yesterday, the Government also announced that the workshops will be able to continue operating to guarantee the operation of the vehicles. However, Transportes, through today’s order, has specified that they cannot be opened to the public. “In order to guarantee the proper functioning of merchandise transport operations and ensure the necessary supply of products to the population, as well as the transport permitted in Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, the opening of repair and maintenance workshops for motor vehicles is allowed, as well as related activities establishments selling parts and accessories with direct sales to repair shops, but without opening to the general public ”, clarifies the ministerial order. Transportation It also allows establishments of related activities to sell parts and accessories with direct sales to repair shops, but also without opening to the general public. The Ábalos Department also allows the transport of merchandise that requires it can go up to two people inside the cabin of the vehicle.
After today’s order on masks, the president of UNO, Francisco Aranda, thanked Ábalos for his “willingness to support a sector that is the guarantor of supply for all of Spain and has been working with enormous dedication but urgently needed protection measures labor”.