Carriers Warn of Protests due to Lack of Financial Aid
Several unions planned to hold protests today, Monday, near the offices of the Bureau of Transportation and in front of an entrance of the Capitol building due to the absence of government support for carriers.
Protest organizers said they hope legislators will take stock of the grievances amid a reported increase of drivers who are transporting tourists illegally.
“The time has come to do something if we want to save tourism,” said José Poupal, president of the union of Puerto Rico Tour Operators Guides and Excursionists (Protge by its Spanish acronym).
“It is unbelievable that all sectors of this country have received economic aid during the pandemic and that the carriers have not received anything. They told us that the carriers would receive financial even after (the government) identified a fun for this purpose,” Poupal said.
The unions say carriers have suffered significant losses during the pandemic since many residents prefer to use their vehicles instead of opting for public transportation.