Brazil’s government on Tuesday announced a series of measures designed to aid the nation’s estimated one million independent truckers and avoid another damaging strike. Independent truckers suspended operations for 11 days last May, leading to food and fuel shortages in big cities. Truckers, in recent weeks, have hinted at another job action this year. The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday announced a R$2 billion appropriation for highway maintenance and construction, including creation of a chain of highway service areas for truckers. The government will also make available R$500 million in subsidized credits for truckers. The administration pledged to reduce paperwork and regulation for the truckers as well. Last week, the administration vetoed a planned 5.7% hike in diesel fuel pr ices by state-run energy company Petrobras.
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