Truckers protests : Energy Minister considers… a subsidy for diesel

The trap is closing on the government. Two weeks ago, they gave a subisidy of 3 THB per liter of diesel to the bus companies… So of course now, other “motor” corporations ask exactly the same.

Chavalit Pichalai, deputy director-general of the Ministry’s Energy Policy and Planning Office, said refineries are now selling 30 million litres per month to government-run buses and privately-owned buses which joined the government in offering services in metropolitan Bangkok. (TNA)

30 times 30 = 90 millions THB per month…

But the freight transports companies use a much bigger volume of diesel than the buses…

Meanwhile, in New-York, oil touched this morning a new intraday record at 139,89 USD per barrel…

Truck operators threatened on Monday to block highways into Bangkok unless the government agrees by Thursday to their demands for cheap loans to convert their engines to run on gas. Energy Minister Poonpirom Liptapanlop said she was considering a diesel subsidy to the truckers.

Demands from the truck operators were submitted to the government on Monday and are scheduled for discussion Thursday.

Mrs Poonpirom said she had assigned a ministry committee to consider selling diesel fuel at subsidised prices to truckers as local oil prices continue to increase.

The minister said transport owners had earlier urged the government to assist them by asking refineries to sell diesel three baht per litre cheaper than the retail market price. (Bangkok Post)

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