The Ministry of Transport will buy “a maximum” of eight million masks to distribute among freight transporters and road travelers, the staff who work at Renfe, Adif, Aena, Puertos del Estado and Correos.
This is established by an order of the Department directed by José Luis Ábalos with which it is intended to contribute to these groups safely undertaking the work they do to guarantee the supply of products and the movements of citizens who have to travel due to force majeure during the alarm status.
Of the total of masks, half, four million, will be distributed among road hauliers of both merchandise and passengers, that is, both truckers and urban and intercity bus drivers, taxi drivers and vehicle drivers. rental with driver (VTC).
Another two million masks will go to Correos personnel who work to guarantee basic public postal and parcel services, and another 1.28 million will be delivered to Puertos del Estado and the Society for Salvage and Maritime Safety (Sasemar.
Likewise, Renfe will receive 620,000 masks for its railway workers, Aena will have 102,000 for airport network employees, Adif will have 80,000 for its train control, infrastructure and station management and maintenance personnel, and Enaire with 4,800 for its railway workers. control and management of airspace.
In its order, published this Saturday in the BOE, the Ministry says that the masks will be distributed to the final recipients “according to the criteria indicated in general by the Ministry of Health.”
In addition, he says that the remaining “will be made available to Health, in order to distribute it, where appropriate, to health or pharmaceutical establishments.”
The order says that the transport of goods and passengers guaranteed by the Decree on the state of alarm “must be carried out with due protection of health.”
“For this, it is necessary that the personnel that carry out functions related to said transport and delivery of merchandise and products, in these exceptional circumstances, are provided with the proper masks,” he adds, and thus sees “it necessary to articulate an agile and effective procedure. to acquire them centrally in the Ministry. “
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Specifically, the order establishes that the Ministry of Transport “will proceed to centrally acquire a maximum of 8 million FFP2 protection masks in order to later distribute them in the transport sector, due to the health emergency situation public caused by the coronavirus. “
Puertos del Estado, the managing entity of the network of 46 public ports, will be the one to pay the amount of the mask purchase contract to the supplying company.
However, later, the different public companies that receive them (Aena, Adif, Renfe, Enaire and Correos) will pay the amount corresponding to their respective supplies.
As for the four million masks for road transport, they will be paid directly by the Ministry “with a charge to the budget that is expressly authorized for this purpose.”
In this way, the Government responds to the demands that these groups have been raising, mainly road transporters. The Minister of Transport already advanced in a press conference last Thursday that his Department was working to enable these protection measures for transport workers.