PR Chamber of Commerce challenges again the increase in transport fares

September 23, 2021 (San Juan, Puerto Rico) The Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico (CCPR) has once again filed an appeal in the Court of Appeals to decree that the Transportation Bureau Regulations are null and void and therefore cannot apply the increase in rates, reported the Lcdo. Luis Gierbolini, president of the Camaristas, through a press release.

“The CCPR prevailed in all instances in which it previously requested the nullity of the regulation. This Regulation No. 9293 of July 23, 2021 also did not comply with the regulations established by the Law of Uniform Administrative Procedure of the Government when you are going to establish this type of tariff. What has happened is that the same Circular Letter that was declared null and void in a regulation has been disguised,” Gierbolini said.

The appeal establishes that given the nullity of the alternate and invalid regulatory process undertaken by the NTSP when issuing the Circular Letter, said agency “revived” the abandoned regulatory process and, without any public warning, much less, on July 23, 2021, promulgated Regulation 9293. On the same day, the Regulations were submitted to the State Department and take effect on August 22, 2021.

“We are not going to abandon this issue because the laws in Puerto Rico are to comply with them and it is necessary that the regulatory body assumes an impartial position and adequately attends to an adequate regulatory process in compliance with the Law, but above all with numerical and real data that can sustain the evaluation of an increase in transport rates,” assured the President of the CCPR.

In the previous lawsuit on the same subject, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico notified in conjunction with the denial of Certiorari’s petition, a “No Ha Lugar” to the request of the Frente Amplio de Camioneros to intervene. Last July, while waiting for this determination of the Supreme Court, a strike was called by the Broad Front of Truckers, which stopped for two days the work of moving land cargo on the Island. The Bureau decided to end the conflict to present this regulation to the State Department. For its part, the Fiscal Oversight Board (JSF) has expressed that the proposed regulation has to comply with the fiscal plan, present an adequate increase and exclude private contracts.

“We will take all the necessary actions to ensure that this process is a legal one and has all the guarantees established, demanding to know the analyzes and evaluations used to be able to conclude the costs of the rates and to whom it applies,” concluded the Lcdo. Luis Gierbolini.


Contacto: Sandra González

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