Back in 2018, as a bid to put an end to the truck drivers’ strike that brought Brazil to a near standstill, the government proposed a series of measures to appease truckers. One was a reference price table for cargo transportation, establishing minimum rates for driving shipments around the country. As The Brazilian Report has already shown, the measure is becoming something of a Trojan horse—entrepreneurs do not like the price table as it has made products more expensive, while truck drivers are incensed that they are unable to charge the rates required by the law.
A study by the National Transport Confederation showed that truck drivers do not believe the objectives of the 2018 strike have been achieved, and that the minimum price table doesn’t go far enough to cover the main costs of cargo transportation, such as fuel and vehicle maintenance. To avoid another strike, the federal government has now decided to bump the rates on its reference tables.