PETALING JAYA: Diesel subsidy cut for commercial vehicles will hit consumers as operators will shift the extra fuel cost.
Pan-Malaysia Lorry Owners Association past president Er Sui See said he hoped the Government would reconsider its move to withdraw the subsidy.
The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry announced on Monday that subsidy for diesel given to nine types of commercial vehicles would be abolished effective June 1.
Prime movers, general cargo movers, box van, vans (panel van, semi-panel van and window van), rigid-lorry for bottled beverages, rigid lorry for flour transport, rigid lorry for refrigerated goods, water tankers and limousine taxis would no longer be allowed to purchase the fuel at RM1.48 per litre.
But, they can buy diesel at RM1.80 per litre at all petrol stations.
Without the subsidy, he said the average operation cost was expected to increase by RM700 per month.
On Monday, Pan-Malaysia Lorry Owners Association president Jong Foh Jit told a press conference that the sudden announcement had forced the operators to reschedule their work and increase charges in the last minute.
He said the charges had increased by 20% to 30%.
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