Friday, December 3, 2010

Newer Bali Cars, Pricier Petrol

JAKARTA

People who drive cars made after 2005 won’t be able to buy fuel at the subsidised price from January, according to Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa.

“The owners are wealthy people, so they have to use unsubsidised fuel,” Hatta said.

He also said the government was still working out how to implement the proposal. Experts have previously said such a policy wouldn’t work and would not appreciably reduce subsidised fuel use.

Subsidised “premium” (95-octane) petrol sells at Rp4.500 (50 US cents) a litre.

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