The annual cost per operation of discretionary passenger transport by coach has increased in the first half of the year between 10.8% and 18.4%, depending on the size of the vehicle, according to the Observatory of costs of discretionary transport of passengers by coach, presented by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
For the National Association of Bus Transport Employers (Anetra), this figure demonstrates the need to modify the law in order to review ticket prices for extraordinary reasons and thus safeguard the survival of companies.
In fact, the number of road passenger transport companies has decreased by 9% in the first half of the year, going from the 3,160 existing as of July 1, 2021 to the current 2,873.
Regarding costs, for vehicles with a greater passenger capacity, of more than 55 seats, the range of cost per unit is now between 136,098 euros and 116,934 euros depending on the greater or lesser cost of the personnel, which gives an average of 127,581 euros, 18.4% more than a year ago.
As for the configuration from 39 to 55 passengers, the average cost has grown by 16%, to 109,472 euros. For vehicles with a capacity of between 26 and 38 passengers, the average is 81,588 euros, 13.6% more, while minibuses, with a capacity of 10 to 25 seats, register a cost of 61,935 euros, 10.8 % higher.
The Observatory offers a study of the direct costs for each group of vehicles, including personnel (25% on average), fuel (30% on average), indirect costs (11 to 12% on average) and the vehicle depreciation.
The latest figures provided by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), corresponding to the first semester, indicate that special and discretionary transport has managed 253.4 million passengers, still 13.5% less than in 2019, before the pandemic .
Special transport, which adds school and work, is the one that has had the best performance in these six months, improving its negative ratios to a drop of only 2.7% compared to 2019, transporting 180 million passengers.
Finally, the discretionary is the one that has improved the least, although it has already overcome the falls of more than 50%, moving in these six months analyzed by the INE a total of 73 million travelers and a decrease compared to 2019 of 31 %.