Petrobras announced yesterday (10) a measure that left Brazilians worried. The state-owned company increased the price of regular gasoline by 18.8% (from R$3.25 to R$3.86 per liter) and by 24.9% for diesel (from R$3.61 to R$4. .51/liter). The new values began to be applied to distributors as of today (11) and should be reflected in the pumps in the next few days.
The new prices will have a significant impact on people’s pocketbooks. Taking into account the average value of gasoline in the city of São Paulo last week, which was R$ 6.35/liter (according to the National Petroleum Agency, ANP), the increase may leave the fuel costing, on average, , R$ 7.54/liter.
In the case of Rio de Janeiro, gasoline was calculated at an average price of R$ 7.10/liter at gas stations in the city last Saturday (5th). With the adjustment by Petrobras, cariocas can start to find the product costing R$ 8.43/liter on average at the pumps.
The case of diesel also lights up a great alert, since the increase was greater. In the last week, fuel cost an average of R$ 5.64/liter at Brazilian gas stations. With the addition of 24.9%, it can cost R$ 7.04/liter on average.
In addition to people who use the car for leisure and leisure, users of urban private transport applications will also be affected by the Petrobras adjustment.
In a public Facebook group of drivers, it is possible to find more than one posting from workers saying they are already turning down multiple runs. The justification is that the part of the trip ends up not compensating for the cost of fuel. “After the increase in gasoline, rides only over R$ 15”, says one of the drivers who, according to the screenshot, refused 250 rides in one day.
“After the increase in gasoline, the race only exceeds R$ 15”
The phenomenon of refused races has been happening in Brazil for several months. Since mid-August 2020, reports have been circulating on social media of people who claim to be with difficulties finding a driver in apps like Uber and 99the most popular in the country.
To try to “dribble” the problem, urban mobility companies even announced measures to encourage drivers not to give up on races.
Despite the problems that car app users will face, the most affected will be people who depend on vehicles to make a living. O TecMundo spoke with Paulo Xavier, president of the National Support Front for the Autonomous Driver (Fanma), who confirmed that workers will select races even more from now on. “If we do any kind of race, we have losses. Then even better criteria will be needed to choose the race considering the value of the km traveled”, he commented.
Xavier said that the situation of app drivers has become more and more complicated, as the price of fuel has increased. According to the ANP, gasoline rose by about 46% in 2021 alone, for example.
The representative explained that, at the beginning of the apps’ operations in Brazil, the amount that drivers spent on fuel represented around 20% of the general revenue. Currently, half of what they earn from the races is destined only for fueling the car.
“Our main cost is fuel, but we have other costs such as car maintenance, tires and oil changes. In addition, the cost of living is quite high for all Brazilians in general. Rice, beans, meat, everything went up. A popular car three years ago was R$30,000, today you can’t buy a car for less than R$70,000”, explains Xavier.
He also says that the result of this scenario is that app drivers have been working 12 to 15 hours a day to make a profit of no more than 30%.
The representative warns that drivers are fearful about the future and that to try to equalize the situation a little more, Fanma has been talking to the platforms to try to increase the transfer made to drivers. Despite the conversations, for the time being there are no prospects for improvement, either in the medium or short term.
App drivers have been working 12-15 hours a day to earn a maximum profit of up to 30%.
“They [os aplicativos] always claim that the weekly averages [de pagamentos aos motoristas] are higher, but in practice we do not identify this, on the contrary. We don’t know what it will be like from now on with this new increase, but we hope that all this can improve soon”, he concludes.
What do the apps say?
O TecMundo contacted Uber and 99 to see if there will be an increase in the transfer to drivers and how the price will be for users. 99 announced that it will offer financial compensation “for the new escalation in the value of fuels”. According to the company, the value of the km traveled in the gain of drivers across the country was readjusted by 5%. The addition will be valid from the next few days in all 1,600 cities that the app operates.
“In addition to this readjustment, the Mais Ganhos 99 package, with measures such as the Zero Rate, which offers drivers 100% of the value of rides in specific periods and cities, in addition to more gains from the congestion charge, and travel fee continue in force,” the company said in a statement released today.
The platform also announced that it is testing a subsidy solution to automatically track fuel fluctuations, both up and down.
Uber, until the closing of this article, did not respond to the questions in the report. The text will be updated if the company takes a position on the matter.