Bissessar bashes Rowley-led administration over rising in fuel prices in Trinidad and Tobago

She stated, "Last Tuesday, the Prime Minister proved me right. This was when he stated that despite T&T being an oil-producing nation because we have to import all our fuel due to his closure of Petrotrin, fuel prices would rise". 

Bissessar bashes Rowley-led administration over rising in fuel prices in Trinidad and Tobago
Bissessar bashes Rowley-led administration over rising in fuel prices in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has again voiced against the policies of the Rowley-led administration. This time, she criticised the administration on the hike in Fuel Prices in Trinidad in Tobago. 

She stated, “Last Tuesday, the Prime Minister proved me right. This was when he stated that despite T&T being an oil-producing nation because we have to import all our fuel due to his closure of Petrotrin, fuel prices would rise”. 

Then she went further and disclosed what these higher prices would mean for citizens.

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Premium Gas will rise from $5.75 to $7.58 per litre. This is an increase of $1.83 or 31.83%

• Super Gas will rise from $4.97 to $7.46 per litre. An increase of $2.49 or 50.1%, and

• Diesel will rise from $3.51 to $6.58 per litre, up to $3.07 or 87.5%

She further explained the meaning of the rise in fuel prices: 

  • The typical cost of fuel will rise by as much as $100 to fill your tank if you are driving an AD wagon super gas or as much as $175 to fill a diesel-powered van. 
  • Therefore, every citizen will feel this price rise; it matters not whether you are driving the AD wagon or the diesel vans.

Specifically, the typical spend will be as follows:

  • A Diesel Van that spent $200 will now spend $375. If people are filling the tank every week, you will increase your spending from $800 per month up to $1500 per month.
  • An increase of $700 where will these drivers find this money? Many people bought these vehicles because the diesel prices were seen as a more affordable alternative.
  • Also, several farmers would have purchased diesel vehicles. This increase will directly affect the cost of food as it will increase the operating cost all along the value chain.
  • The typical car that uses Premium gas will spend just over $300 for a 40-litre tank ($303.20).
  • This will result in an increase of $70 per tank of gas. The monthly bill will now rise from just over $900 to $1200.
  • Drivers of vehicles using Super Gas will pay virtually the same as those with a premium a full 40-litre tank of gas costing $298.40, basically $300.
  • This is one hundred dollars more than they are paying today. This means that these drivers would have to increase their monthly gas bills from $800 to $1200.
  • All these increases will have a severe, damaging effect on the quality of life in Trinidad and Tobago.