Thai government unable to meet truckers’ demand for diesel cap

The Thai government said on Monday it cannot cap diesel prices further to 25 baht per litre as asked by the Land Transport Federation of Thailand (LTFT), while truck drivers are calling for the Energy Minister to resign. 

The LTFT is staging a truck march across Bangkok on Monday afternoon followed by another rally in front of the Energy Ministry on Tuesday, asking for the minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow to resign.

The group has held protests over surging diesel since October last year. And the government has subsidized diesel rates to below 30 baht per litre. 

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana prompted protest-goers to grasp the situation as fuel prices have been on the rise globally. 

“The government recognizes all concerns and has already taken action,” he said.

Thanakorn stressed that the government will not have enough fund to subsidize diesel prices lower than 25 baht per litre. 

The LTFT also urges everyone who has been affected by not only rising fuel prices but also other commodities to join the rally this Tuesday. 

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