VTC drivers are mobilizing in the face of rising fuel prices

During a mobilization of VTC drivers, in Paris, on March 28.

“Work twelve hours a day, seven days a week, to earn properly” his life: this VTC driver, who speaks, among others, in the video of the National Intersyndicale VTC (INV), can’t take it anymore. The INV heard this “general fed up”, as said by its secretary general, Brahim Ben Ali, who called on his colleagues to mobilize on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 March, in Paris, and in five other cities. The instruction is to disconnect from the platforms during these two days. Mobilizations “static”he says, ” because [ils] not’[ont] more money for fuel ». The sharp rise in prices serves as a trigger for this movement, while the sector has already suffered during the crisis linked to Covid-19.

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According to a quick survey carried out by the INV through a social network, to which 1,733 union member drivers responded, the latter estimate that they have lost 45% of their income between September 2021 and March 20. In Paris, believes Mr. Ben Ali, “before the Covid, for fifteen hours of connection [temps d’attente inclus], a driver could save 250 euros in turnover. Today, it’s 100 or 150 euros, even 50 euros for some. “For those who declare all their income, he adds, they receive 950 or 1,000 euros net per month, for fifty-five or sixty hours of connection per week, of which 450 euros go to fuel. It is not tenable. »

“The drivers receive 950 or 1,000 euros net per month, of which 450 euros go to fuel. It is not tenable”, Brahim Ben Ali, secretary general of the INV

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State reimbursement of up to 18 euro cents per liter of fuel, from 1er April and for four months, is not sufficient in view of the price increase, for the INV. Some would have thrown in the towel, says Mr. Ben Ali. Uber, for example, claims to have between 28,000 and 29,000 drivers, compared to 30,000 in 2019, before the Covid crisis.

A price increase

Some platforms have taken steps to alleviate the cost of fuel. Uber, for example, will distribute an energy check of 100 euros on March 31 to those who make more than 50 trips per week. “This will benefit 20% of drivers”, believes Mr. Ben Ali. The Californian company has also increased its passenger fares by an exceptional contribution of 0.75 euros per trip, since March 25. The situation will be reviewed after two months of application. Its competitor Freenow set up, on March 18, a “bonus of 0.84 euro gross” per stroke, “at least for two weeks”without increasing the price paid by the customer.

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