JGRA Calls for Freeze on Fuel Hike

The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, JGRA, is calling for a temporary ‘freeze’ on the proposed hike in taxes on fuel, set to take effect today.

Last week Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, said the new taxes will range from $0.43 to a high of $7.36 per litre.

Acting President of the JGRA, Gregory Chung, says he wants Minster Shaw to meet with its members and discuss the likely effects of the tax increase.

In defending the proposed tax increase, Minister Shaw said he made the decision in the context that global oil prices are not expected to increase anytime soon.

But Mr. Chung says motorists should be allowed to benefit from those reducing oil prices.

Gregory Chung was speaking yesterday afternoon with Nationwide News.