Coach Protest in Granada

GRA Coach Protest in GranadaAround 90 coaches were parked on the Granada fairground after arriving in the city to protest over the economic crisis within their sector.

The inter-regional and international coach services have been closed down since the Lock Down began so it is no wonder that they are clamouring for Government measures in the form of economic relief.

Granada was not the only gathering point for the sector’s protest but just one of many cities (20 all told) across Spain.

In the case of the Province of Granada, around 100 families have been left high and dry and those are only the ones that run such companies, but there is also the knock-on affect of related businesses, such as workshops, spare suppliers – the protest organisers calculate that there are around 2,000 people affected just in the province.

Such vehicles cost between  250,000 and 300,000 a piece, purchased through bank loans with a 5-year duration. Some are obtained through a lease contract.

Bus companies of this kind rely on tourism and providing school transport but both income sources have dried up completely since mid March. Whereas line transport; i.e. bus companies working set routes, have been able to operate, albeit at a reduced capacity, coach services were stopped dead in their tracks.

Amongst the measures that the sector would like to see come into being are payments postponements for leasing contracts, for example. They also want their sector to be included within those business eligible for receiving funds from the 800-million aid package that the Government has put together.

(News: Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: still frame from video)

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