RE­GION DODGES FUEL PRICE HIKE

Diesel and petrol prices re­main the same de­spite new na­tional tax

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page -

By James Parkes THE PRICE of fuel at petrol sta­tions through­out the Va­len­cia re­gion did not go up at mid­night on Mon­day - un­like the ma­jor­ity of re­gions in Spain where the price per litre has in­creased by up to 4.8 cents.

The ap­pli­ca­tion of a new tax ap­proved by the pre­vi­ous PP govern­ment re­places the op­tional re­gional tax. Some re­gions were ap­ply­ing the max­i­mum rates (in­clud­ing Va­len­cia and Mur­cia), oth­ers only par­tially – and oth­ers not at all and in these re­gions driv­ers faced a huge hike on Tues­day (Jan­uary 1) of €2.4 to fill a 50-litre tank.

This tax mod­i­fi­ca­tion is not the spe­cific diesel fuel tax rise planned by the cur­rent PSOE govern­ment - which re­mains frozen due to the in­abil­ity to pass the 2019 bud­get.

More New Year good news for con­sumers came from the phar­macy sec­tor. From Jan­uary 1 the prices of 1,200 com­monly-used med­i­ca­tions were re­duced.

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