The Automobile Association (AA) says it welcomes government’s decision to extend the fuel levy, but has reminded South Africans that the measure is only temporary. Petrol has increased by up to R2.43 while diesel now costs R1.10 more per litre – but government has extended the levy to help cushion the blow for consumers.
The R1.50 relief was set to end on Tuesday, 31 May 2022, but will now remain in place until 6 July – followed by a downward adjustment to a cut of 75c per litre from 7 July to 2 August.
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In light of the petrol price increase, Automobile Association’s spokesperson Layton Beard says government needs to explore avenues to address the hikes and is concerned about how this will impact the cost of living.
The AA says despite the fuel levy extension, the adjusted petrol prices are now at record highs, and motorists will have no option but to tighten their belts to accommodate for these significant price jumps.
“Apart from this immediate relief, we acknowledge that government has limited options in dealing with a crisis that is affecting countries around the world, not only South Africa,” Beard said.
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Beard has called on government to initiate a review of the fuel price, for the sake of burdened motorists.
“The temporary relief is exactly that: temporary, and it’s now apparent that government must find more longer lasting solutions to mitigate against rising fuel costs. Government must now to initiate a review of the fuel price: to examine all the components that comprise a litre of fuel, establish their continued relevance as part of the fuel price, and to determine if the calculations used are still correct. Such a review is long overdue and the longer government delays in getting this started, the longer it will take to find sustainable solutions,”Automobile Association’s spokesperson Layton Beard