Hundreds of truckers protest against high diesel prices in Thailand

Hundreds of truck drivers protested against high diesel prices in Thailand on Tuesday November 16.

Footage shows the long convoy of haulage vehicles driving slowly along highways before they parked up at the Ministry of Energy in the capital Bangkok.

The truckers are calling for a cap on fuel prices and displayed banners that read ‘Truck Power’ – the name of the campaign to have diesel prices capped at 25 baht per litre.

The Land Transport Federation of Thailand, or LTFT, planned the protest, said as many as 500 to 700 trucks joined.

Earlier this month, a similar strike by truckers and bus drivers was held, in which the LTFT stopped 20 per cent of their trucks from running for one week.

In addition to the price cap at 25 baht per litre, the chairman of the federation called for the excise tax on diesel to be cut. He said that the ministry has until the end of this month to help the truckers. If the demands are not met by then, the chairman says that the federation will raise transportation costs by 10 per cent.

However, the energy minister repeated his commitment to a diesel price cap of 30 baht per litre and said that this is only possible through the existing cooperation from the private and public sectors.