"Given the failure to include the passenger transport sector in the decrees issued, we will write a request to the Government by sending an application through PEC, in order to sensitize the relevant Ministries and expedite the issuance of a provision that avoids the collapse of Bus and NCC companies.
We ask for immediate action to support the work of companies and employees throughout the Sicilian territory, which, due to the coronavirus emergency, are practically blocked"
To declare it is Gaspare La Porta, Coordinator of the Sicilian association NCC, ASINCC, RENTAL WITH CAR DRIVER AND BUS GRAN TURISMO.
The situation due to the risk of contagion triggered a rapid sequence of mass cancellation of services by world tourist agencies, as well as school trips and hotels.
This worrying and serious situation, in addition to putting the entire population at risk, also involves the thousands of companies that live on tourism, notoriously one of the first sectors to suffer the consequences of this emergency, such as passenger transport companies.
All companies are in serious difficulties, their solvency is put at risk and mass layoffs are expected, cancellations of transport services in the last few hours has reached a percentage equal to 60% of bookings and a further increase is expected.
"Our sector has about 6000 companies and almost 20,000 families"- declares La Porta, who continues saying -
"We really need help, we need a measure to suspend the ongoing leases signed by companies in the sector, a measure to issue social safety nets for all companies and staff, given that our ateco code has not been included in any decree.
We hope that with this Pec we can obtain the required intervention, and that a rational solution to the problem is found "