Petrol duty hike a clear sign of move towards sustainable transport

The hike in petrol duties was the first in six years, and came as pump prices were already at their highest in almost a year.
The hike in petrol duties was the first in six years, and came as pump prices were already at their highest in almost a year. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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Mr Benny Tay, 45, was "a bit disappointed" when he heard he had to pay more for petrol from Tuesday.

The Gojek driver had hoped that petrol prices would go down, especially when demand for private-hire services has yet to return to pre-coronavirus levels. Instead, he estimates that he will have to pay an extra $5.50 to $6 in costs every day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2021, with the headline Petrol duty hike a clear sign of move towards sustainable transport. Subscribe