Torres raises the transport bonus up to 50% in the Canary Islands

On the left, Ángel Victor Torres, together with the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez. / ACFI Press

The President and Minister Raquel Sánchez have signed the collaboration protocol to coordinate the expansion of aid for regular and land public transport in the archipelago

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The President of the Canary Islands
Angel Victor Torressigned this morning, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), and together with the minister of the branch,
Rachel Sanchezthe collaboration protocol to coordinate the application of the extension of the transitory measures of
Aid for regular and land public transport on the islands.

The signing was also attended by the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing,
Sebastian Franquis. After the signing, and at a press conference, the president of the Canary Islands underlined the importance of this step to alleviate the inflation resulting from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and insisted that
hehe islands receive more aid for bus and tram transportation than other communitiesby raising the state contribution from 30 to 50%.

As he pointed out, and in the maximum calculations, the measure may suppose a contribution of
24 million euros by the central government, which are added to the
17 million that the different administrations refer each year to public transport on the islands, "which supposes a great public effort in the maintenance and operation of these services".

Torres thanked the work carried out by the teams from both governments that have prepared this
protocol and again valued «the effort made by the
Spanish executive At this difficult time, by uniting all the administrations and making an effort for the common good, to respond to the inflation suffered by Europeans, Spaniards and Canarians, take coordinated measures and put them into practice in the best possible way.

The president of the Canary Islands recalled that these
measures will be applied from this Thursday and until December 31 and, although he hopes that they will be sufficient, he does not rule out their extension by the central government if it is necessary after that period.

The total transport in the Islands is discounted to 50%

The president and the Minister of Transport reject that there is a comparative grievance with the Canary Islands for the free commuter and medium-distance trains. As he explained,
andn Canary Islands 50% off 100% of existing public transport (buses and trams), while these trains represent only 10% of total journeys in the peninsular territory.

Torres warned that these measures will change transportation habits and asked for understanding for the
possible mistakes that there may be at the beginning, among other things due to the large volume of bus and tram trips that take place in the Canary Islands, “because, for example, at the end of a normal year, like 2019, there were more than 45 million passengers. The bonds go down by 50% and this will make public transport more used, which pollutes less and is convenient from an energy point of view».

«I have always defended that there are trains in the Canary Islands, because they pollute less, and you can ask for everything free of charge, but that could mean that we do not have the
current welfare state. What is not true is that there is a comparative offense with the canaries and the data is overwhelming because it is
50% savings on all our public transport systemswhich is integrated, and the 10% gratuity on the Peninsula that uses commuter or medium-distance trains ».

The protocol signed today commits the two administrations to analyze the situation of the
regular, collective and land public transport on the islands and evaluate the temporary aid proposals that have been approved in the
Royal Decree-Law 14/2022, of August 1.

A future appearance in the regional Parliament

To explain today's agreement in detail, the Minister of Transport of the Government of the Canary Islands plans to appear at the
regional parliament and clarify any doubt or misrepresentation about what these measures mean in the islands and the comparison with the rest of the Spaniards.

The Canarian Executive has always maintained that regular, collective and land public transport in the archipelago constitutes a
first order necessity for the development of communications, paying special attention to the
geographical reality Yet theforced interoperability with other modes of transport such as sea or air.

In addition, due to this special geographical configuration, most of the mobility carried out in the Canary Islands is carried out by land transport and, of this, the most relevant corresponds to what can be called
island mobility.

For this reason, the Government of the Canary Islands invokes the
article 8 of the Law of the Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands (REF)in which regular public passenger transport is recognized as an essential public service and that its planning and management will be carried out in a
integrated and with an insular characterguaranteeing its financing through the
State's general budgets.

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