Drivers in Santiago march in protest of higher fuel costs
Drivers of the busiest taxi routes in Santiago took to the streets yesterday to march against the increase in fuel costs in the region.
“The drivers of the Cibao region and the country are mobilizing against the abusive prices of fuel, lubricants, brake bands and all the other components that make it possible for mass passenger transportation to operate,” explained union member Juan Marte, who led the protest.
Marte is the president of the Central Nacional de Trabajadores de Transporte.
He pointed out that the increase in the cost of fuel will cause an increase in the price of fares and this will affect the Dominican people, who have to pay for the increase in the cost of the basic family food basket.
He accused the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and other institutions in charge of fixing prices of leaving the Dominican people “downtrodden,” neglecting the basic needs of the community.
He asked the authorities to modify the Hydrocarbons Law so that the drivers are affected as little as possible.