Ricardo de los Santos to continue to chair Fenatrado

The president of the Senate, Ricardo de los Santos was sworn in on Sunday, 24 March 2024 to preside the National Federation of Dominican Transportation (Fenatrado). The board of directors decided De los Santos will continue to chair the trucking organization for the 2024-2028 term. De los Santos is senator for the province of Sanchez Ramirez.

The swearing in was attended by Vice President Raquel Peña. The mayor of the National District, Carolina Mejía and her father, former President Hipolito Mejia (2000-2004), also attended the swearing-in. Others present were Presidency Minister Joel Santos, Labor Minister Luis Miguel De Camps and Industry & Commerce Minister Ito Bisonó.

Also, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, general director of Customs; Randolfo Rijo, director of the National Institute of Transit and Land Transportation (Intrant): and Guillermo Moreno, candidate for senator for the National District, among others.

During the event, De los Santos highlighted the strength of the union and its contributions to democracy.

Fenatrado has been known to impose its control of land cargo by vandalism and force. The business organization discourages the transport of cargo by the owners of cargo and competition from non-associates.

De los Santos spoke of the importance of modernity, efficiency, safety, and environmental protection in trucker actions. “These should serve as a guide for us to improve the quality of our service to the state, industry, commerce, mining, construction and all sectors for the well-being of the Dominican people,” said the president of Fenatrado.

De los Santos said the organization has more than 90,000 members, organized in 217 unions and associations located throughout the nation.

De los Santos valued the government’s efforts to modernize the transportation sector, especially for the renewal of the vehicle fleet, which he believes will improve the union’s units and will impact the safety and efficiency of the services Fenatrado associates offer. The government has not announced special conditions that would be offered to the truckers to renew their fleets.

De los Santos announced the entity is assuming a proactive role by creating the National School of Heavy Vehicle Drivers to better train truck drivers. He said the road safety education program seeks to raise the level of civism and the social commitment of the drivers. He mentioned the agreements reached to this end with the National Institute of Vocational Technical Training (Infotep) and with the National Institute of Traffic and Land Transportation (Intrant).

The two extremes, truckers and motorcyclists are behind most traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic.

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El Caribe

25 March 2024