ZOETERMEER – For transport entrepreneurs, the government’s second support package falls short. Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN) draws that conclusion. Transport companies closely involved in supplying affected sectors are ignored, while those sectors in question receive support. Small transport operators (KTOs) are also excluded.
“The cabinet wants to provide targeted help to companies with this second support package, but is missing the point,” said TLN chairman Elisabeth Post.
Broadening TOGS scheme
There will be an extra subsidy of up to 20,000 euros for SMEs, but only companies with a specific SBI code can use this. The SBI code under which transport companies fall is not included in the list. Therefore, these companies cannot claim the aid measure.
Transport and Logistics Netherlands previously announced that it considered the so-called TOGS scheme unjust. Unfortunately, the second aid package does not change that. “It is unbelievable that the cabinet has no eye for the entrepreneurs who supply affected sectors. If there is no work in those sectors, transport entrepreneurs will also stand still, ”emphasizes Post. “In floriculture, the Cabinet does make a connection between the sector and the transport concerned and does not establish that relationship with the entire chain in other sectors. That is incomprehensible. ” According to TLN, between 1,000 and 1,300 transport companies are the victims of this strange choice.
Small Transport Company
Although the Temporary Bridging Scheme for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs (Tozo) will be continued, from 1 June the amount of the allowance will depend on the income of a partner. This is disastrous for small transport entrepreneurs (KTOs). “Many of their own drivers are not getting around already,” responds Post, “if they are shortened, it will be disastrous for many KTOs”.
Small transport operators have less or no work at all, while they still have high fixed costs. Think of lease costs, motor vehicle tax and insurance costs of a truck. Because they also accept small orders, they cannot temporarily decommission their trucks, which means that the costs remain.