Driving schools say they are not obligated to inform the government about rate hikes

Driving schools say they are not obligated to inform the government about rate hikes

 The Driving Schools Association reacted today to the statements made by the Council of Ministers spokesperson, according to which the Executive was not informed about the association's intention to readjust the prices charged for admission to schools.

The words of the spokesperson for the Council of Ministers sounded bad for the Association of Driving Schools, for which there is no obligation to explain its decisions to the Government. “These pronouncements make no sense. We are not obliged to inform the Government of our deliberations. We, as members, know where the shoe pinches us and, unanimously, we decided on the ideal price for us to continue to develop our business. But before that, we did a study and realized that prices were out of line with the current reality”, introduced Júlio Boene, spokesperson for the association, to continue saying that “we have not received any subsidies from the Government and we have not signed any agreement in this regard, for Therefore, we are not obliged to inform the Government about our deliberations as a collective”, he reiterated.
The association goes further by stating that the Government decided, last year, to increase the fees for its services without informing the association. It was at that time when, for example, the driving license fee rose from 500 to 2500 Meticais. “When these aggravations occurred, INATRO did not inform us and, at the time, we did not complain about the reason for this procedure on the part of our partner. If they did not inform us at the time, it is because they were under no obligation to do so, in the same way that we believe that we are under no obligation to inform the Government about the increase in rates”, he countered.

Jurist José Caldeira agrees with the association and argues that, if the Government wants to have this information in advance, it should regulate. “There is no obligation to provide this type of information to the Government. Now, it will be up to the State, even if it does not want to intervene in the global price-fixing regime, to regulate the requirement that any change must be duly communicated to it. But this should be part of a package that takes into account the real situation of the activity”, explained Caldeira, then defending that, in order to resolve the conflict in relation to prices, the Government should define margins for the cost of training in driving. of some classes.
The association goes further by stating that the Government decided, last year, to increase the fees for its services without informing the association. It was at that time when, for example, the driving license fee rose from 500 to 2500 Meticais. “When these aggravations occurred, INATRO did not inform us and, at the time, we did not complain about the reason for this procedure on the part of our partner. If they did not inform us at the time, it is because they were under no obligation to do so, in the same way that we believe that we are under no obligation to inform the Government about the increase in rates”, he countered.

Jurist José Caldeira agrees with the association and argues that, if the Government wants to have this information in advance, it should regulate. “There is no obligation to provide this type of information to the Government. Now, it will be up to the State, even if it does not want to intervene in the global price-fixing regime, to regulate the requirement that any change must be duly communicated to it. But this should be part of a package that takes into account the real situation of the activity”, explained Caldeira, then defending that, in order to resolve the conflict in relation to prices, the Government should define margins for the cost of training in driving. of some classes.

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