Turkmenistan: Drivers Keep on Truckin', But Only for Money
Jul 4, 2012
Turkmenistan likes to boast of its highly subsidized economy, but that has changed for some motorists as of this month.
On July 1, the owners of trucks, buses and tractors lost the right to free gasoline they have enjoyed since February 2008. From now on, only drivers of regular cars under 3.5 tons and motorcyclists will be eligible for the free fuel -- 720 liters of petrol and 240 liters of natural gas every six months.
Everyone else in the oil-rich state must pay market prices, which are, in fairness, still pretty affordable. The lowest-grade A-80 blend costs $0.19 per liter, while A-92 costs $0.20 and A-95 currently stands at $0.22. (Yes, in Americanese, that’s less than a dollar per gallon for premium gasoline.)
According to the presidential resolution that led to this change, some truck drivers were using their 1,200-liter concessions for personal purposes, instead of hauling goods.
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