The T&T Automotive Dealers’ Association (TTADA) is calling on the Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, to explain the decision behind a proposal to remove Super gasoline from the market.
TTADA president Visham Babwah, in an interview with GML, said the matter has gone to the Cabinet but said no final decision has been taken.
He said if government follows through and phases out the use of Super gasoline in T&T, it will have a negative impact on motorists, as most drivers in the country use Super and not Premium – which is more expensive and commuters will also be affected, as this will mean higher taxi fares.
Babwah wants Khan to stated “What are the statistics saying for the removal of Super fuel? Is it that the fuel is substandard, because as it is, a significant amount of motorists use Super? If they should stop importation of Super, then people will have no choice but to use Premium.”
He pointed out that the current cost of Premium gasoline being $5.75 per litre, adding that this will have negative consequences.
Babway is calling for consultation with the relevant stakeholders on the matter, saying such a decision cannot involve Government alone as it will have a devastating effect across the economy.