The internal crisis in the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) gained another chapter this week, after the split in the agency was exposed with the vote involving the new rules for the transport of passengers by road. Agency officials accused ANTT’s director-general, Rafael Vitale, of supporting bus companies interested in warding off competition in the sector. According to these servers, Vitale would act to block a new regulatory framework for the transport of passengers by road.
The fight intensified on the 18th, when Vitale voted for the process with the new rules to be submitted to yet another technical analysis by ANTT, after director Davi Barreto, rapporteur of the case, presented the proposal for the new framework in a vote of almost 500 pages. The vote was tied, as the board is incomplete, which gave Vitale the minerva vote in the deliberation and made the matter “going home” at the agency.
Criticized by companies against opening up the market, the new regulatory framework for road passenger transport has been studied for over three years and one of its promises is to generate greater competition in the sector.
Vitale’s statements to justify a review of the process infuriated ANTT officials. Among a series of complaints, the director-general classified as “highly undesirable” the participation of the agency’s employees in the public hearing on the new framework.
“According to what was pointed out by the sector, several contributions from public servants were made during the public hearing process, substantially altering the original text of the proposed resolution, and which, therefore, was not the object of evaluation by society”, said Vitale , who acknowledged that there is no prohibition on this participation, suggesting a review.
The ANTT Servers Association (ASEANTT) protested. In a statement, he stated that “political and economic forces reacted to the sense of public duty” of the agency’s employees. “The winds changed direction.” Now, the organization said, the agency is “living its worst moment of capture” and would be “hand in hand with the ‘bus barons'”, referring to consolidated companies in the sector and critics of the opening of the market as defended by the technical area of the agency.
OTHER SIDE. The director-general said he vehemently refutes ASEANTT’s claims. In response to the Estadão/Broadcast, the agency stated that Vitale’s decision was taken “solely and exclusively” aiming at the public interest, with ample transparency and honesty. “Seeking to modernize and improve the new regulation proposal for the provision of regular interstate collective road transport service for passengers under the authorization regime,” he said.
“It is important to remember that the proposal presented was criticized and questioned both by the Federal Court of Auditors, as well as by entities in the sector and society,” he said. The director also stated that participation in the new analysis of the regulatory framework will be open to any interested party, “including all public servants, not just ANTT, but from all administrative spheres.” Information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
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