Former Energy Minister, Kevin Ramnarine is today saying that the increased business levy is what has led to the action of the Petroleum Dealers Association.
Speaking with News Power Now this morning, Mr. Ramnarine said stations without Quick Shop services rely solely on profits from the pump, to generate their overall income.
The former minister said the public will be inconvenienced from tomorrow, noting that signs have already been erected at many service stations across the country.
Meanwhile, Despite news from officials at UNIPET and NP that gas stations under their management will not stop payment by credit and debit cards, the Petroleum Dealers Associations remains adamant that this is the only option they have, to cut associated with running their service stations.
Speaking in a televised interview this morning, Executive member of the association Marc Chin Aleong said the service afforded to customers in Trinidad and Tobago, comes at much cost to the dealers. He lamented that there is no investment made to maintain standards at service stations, particularly those in rural parts of the country.
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He said government’s provision of a wholesale and retail margin, has not been realistic enough.