Diesel duty hike too sudden, rebates too low: Cabbies

A price revision notice put up at an Esso petrol station in Toa Payoh yesterday, after the diesel duty was increased from 10 cents a litre to 20 cents a litre. Cabby Henry Tay said his running costs will likely rise by $4 to $5 a day, and the rebate
Cabby Henry Tay said his running costs will likely rise by $4 to $5 a day, and the rebate taxi firms will pass on to drivers will not be sufficient.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A price revision notice put up at an Esso petrol station in Toa Payoh yesterday, after the diesel duty was increased from 10 cents a litre to 20 cents a litre. Cabby Henry Tay said his running costs will likely rise by $4 to $5 a day, and the rebate
A price revision notice put up at an Esso petrol station in Toa Payoh yesterday, after the diesel duty was increased from 10 cents a litre to 20 cents a litre.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Others say there are better ways to combat air pollution; higher costs may hit consumers

Diesel users upset over the 100 per cent hike in the fuel duty announced in Monday's Budget say there are more effective ways to address air pollution.

Cabby Henry Tay, 48, said yesterday that the immediate increase of 10 cents a litre to 20 cents a litre was too fast.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Diesel duty hike too sudden, rebates too low: Cabbies'. Print Edition | Subscribe