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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 17 April 2019

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In brief: Brazil

* The Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro has presented a package of measures destined to respond to the demands of the cargo transportation sector, amid concerns that rises in diesel prices could lead lorry drivers to strike. The government has announced the creation of a R$500m (US$128m) credit line for self-employed drivers, made available through the national development bank (BNDES). As explained by Chief-of-staff Onyx Lorenzoni, self-employed lorry drivers with two vehicles registered to their name will be able to access up to R$30,000 for the upkeep of their lorries. Other measures include investment in the repair of roads and the construction of rest areas along highways.