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Tour bus operators seek raise in fuel cost subsidy

Staff writer, with CNA

Local tour bus drivers are asking the government to increase their subsidies to help them offset higher fuel prices that went into effect on Monday.

Although the government has agreed to raise the discount on both diesel and gasoline sold to public buses and taxis, tour bus operators said that the proposed discounts were inadequate.

The government halved the fuel surcharge for tour bus operators and freight companies in an effort to minimize the impact of the price rise on the -domestic tourism and shipping sectors, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said on Sunday.

However, the National Joint Association of Bus for Tourists said the decreased fuel surcharges would not cover estimated extra monthly expenses of up to NT$8,000 (US$270) per bus after the price of diesel shot up from NT$29.9 to NT$33.1 per liter.

“The subsidy is simply not enough,” association chairman Hsu Hao-yuan (徐浩源) said, adding that the industry would have to raise fares if the government did not increase subsidies.

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