It is applicable to freight vehicles that have been modified outside of the manufacturer and has been in effect since February. The Fadeeac business chamber publicly stated that the procedure is “unjustified” and “increases costs” a few months after it was submitted.
The owner of a truck with a new fuel tank, a hydro crane, or any other modification made outside the factory could, up until February of this year, ask you for a certificate on that modification to the workshop itself and then present it in workshops Mandatory Technical Review (RTO), which is the process comparable to the VTV of private cars.
As a result of a decision made by the Ministry of Transport at the beginning of this year, the carriers are now required to complete this certification in a network of workshops that is dependent upon the Association of Automotive Engineers and Technicians (AITA). This organization is now responsible for issuing a certificate known as a Model Configuration Report (ICM). Once that certificate has been obtained, the truck owner must personally appear to complete the RTO. Consequently, a procedure is needed.
Even though the ruling has been in effect for over a full year, one of the organizations that represents the truck owners has now publicly questioned her via a request for access to public records that was made to Congress.
The Argentine Federation of Cargo Transport Business Entities (FADEEAC), led by businessmen Robert Guarnieri and William Werner, is the group contesting the official decision. The businessmen submitted a request for access to public information to the minister Alexis Guerrera through the deputy and also carrier Anibal Tortoriello from Ro Negro Together for Change. They challenge Guerrera about the new process’s “duplicate certifications and increase logistics expenses of said activity in an unneeded, ineffective, and unreasonable manner” in the presentation.
Speaking on behalf of the chamber, representatives stated that the total cost of the new certification is between 25,000 and 30,000 pesos per truck and that, based on the fleet of modified trucks that are currently on the road in Argentina, it will require a minimum initial collection volume of $450 million before the entire fleet is certified and about $50 million annually, at current prices, after the certification stage is complete.
Since the certification in question is maintained by private workshops under the supervision of a non-governmental institution, it is vital to note that it is not a brand-new State fund.
However, the Fadeeac businesses stated that the rule was developed “without the experience of those of us who are on the road every day, in addition to resulting in clear regulatory excess and increase transportation expenses, in times when this specific situation does not accept greater strain.”
The Ministry of Transportation’s regulation is Provision 1/2022, dated February 8; the Business Chamber’s protest was made on November 15, more than nine months later. There was still no formal reaction to the accusation from the Ministry of Transportation; it wouldn’t be made public until the first of the next month.
Guerrera is the portfolio’s leader, but insiders claim that Fadeeac’s opposition is more motivated by political than financial considerations.
La Fadeeac participated in the discussions that led to this decision, which, according to the sources, “did not raise the cost of carriers but rather made it cheaper and more accessible.” Before the adjustment, the permissions cost 100,000 pesos and required the work of 20 engineers. Currently, they range in price from 20,000 to 30,000 pesos, and 200 engineers are working on them nationwide.