Government defends new fuel tax amid a rise in gas prices

The government of St Lucia has defended its decision to impose a $1.50 excise tax on fuel after gas prices shot past $12 a gallon on Monday.

The fuel price adjustments announced today saw gasoline prices go up by $1.14, from $11.61 to $12.75 per gallon.

The cost of diesel also increased by $1.04, from $10.32 to $11.36 per gallon. The 20 pound cylinder of cooking gas increased from $29.65 to $30.49 per cylinder or by $0.84.

At a pre-cabinet press briefing Monday morning, the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Ubaldus Raymond said St Lucians should have been paying more for gasoline, but the government has taken a policy decision not to allow gas prices to go beyond $12.75 a gallon.

“When the calculations were made for gasoline the prices actually went above $12.75, so what the government did was to make the difference, or to reduce on the excise tax for gasoline. So the increase, actually at this point in time was actually $1.38, not $1.50 on the excise tax,” Dr. Raymond said.

Dr. Raymond said the government will maintain this policy in the short to medium term.

“For instance, if after making the calculations, the price of gasoline ends up being $12.80, we gonna reduce the excise tax from $1.50 to $1.45 so the new price would be $12.75,” Raymond said.

The government announced during the budget that the excise tax on fuel would increase from $2.50 to $4.00.

The Allen-Chastanet administration says the new tax will help to limit the number of loans taken to repair and rehabilitate roads.

Dr. Raymond says the government expects to generate approximately $22 – $23 million dollars from the new fuel excise tax.


  1. Bambi
    July 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    O don’t believe I am hearing you saying that gas should be more. This the same government who marched for high gas prices and the gas got so high. This is one of the many lies we bought before the election. Enjoy yourself time is of essence. Pee pee meme killa.

  2. Mason
    July 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    The shameless government. Ubaldus ou parkar Honte?

  3. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This guy is an idiot, is this another blackmail in manipulating the $1.50 excise tax that you all added. Your sins will find you alllllls, bunch of liars. I feel sorry for the poor and destitute. How inhumane you all are, Chastanet born with his plate always full and over flowing really dont care, but you kissing butt (thank God Kenny saw your ineptitude and inability to provide the Labour government with sound policies that will assist the lower end of the populace. Now you get a means to prove DR. KENNY D. ANTHONY wrong, and it now shows, that you will do whatever it takes to ride on the backs of the poor with your gorgor leader, fool you are. I hope you remember the days when you were just like the lower end scrunting and trying to make ends meet. Uball your sins will find you out, it is so apparent why you have not been able to help the economies who put bread on your table over the years. This we are seeing is that ou are fake and incapable. Trust that you acquire as much as you can now, idiot.

  4. True Lucia
    July 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I wonder if Fishermen use the roads…………This is going to affect every sector in Saint Lucia, so much for a government that felt the previous government was stealing money in the calculation of fuel prices and had such a strong message to send with their “ORANGE MARCH” only to say “The calculations were correct all along” and then hike up the prices!!!

    I feel sorry for the poor and marginalized in this country. The government of the day is clearly not working in your favour.

  5. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    So the 1.38 or 1.45 or 1.50 is not an increase in the price?

  6. Lucianman101
    July 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Lmao I thought the calculations were wrong? i thought the slp adminstration was making 6 dollars profit ona gallon of gas. What happened to the Orange March ?

  7. Vibz
    July 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    The only way government knows how to increase revenue is to impose additional taxes on the already overtaxed workforce. This can only lead to increased hardship especially for the poverty stricken and the average man and woman. A hike in the price of fuel affects the cost of almost everything. This should be peacefully protested vigorously and vociferously. This tax should be rescinded with immediacy. This move by government is tantamount to being sadistic, taking pleasure from inflicting pain, sorrow and misery on others, particularly the least among us.

    1. Anonymous
      July 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      You’re right about a protest, we chose a non-political colour maybe “orange” an orange march.

  8. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    you like to raise everything Uball -us including your cooccckkkk how am I not surprise you raising fuel prices too

  9. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Removing $50.00 from license fees for the year and adding over $2000.00 in fuel for a year if u use at least 5 gallons a day for five days for a year .the rise in the license fees was for that very purpose. They give you a dollar and take back one hundred ….we are doomed

  10. Anon1
    July 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Watch a Statistician attempting to fool people.

    Emphasis on attempting.

  11. Keeping them in DOUBT
    July 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    P.M. always giving them the opportunity to explain something
    to make a fool out of themselves. First it was Bradley with the DSH, now its
    you turn Uball. Lies will catch up with all of you like your leader.
    More opportunities for “Puddle” and family to be enriched with the
    formulation of more companies fixing roads all over the island. He
    has started in Micoud.

  12. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Why you always lying.gif

  13. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The well there there is a liability to st Lucia (not uwp) because he is being blackmail to do the party’s dirty work. St lucians should demand the resignation of this puddle so that one who is free and not a yes man can fill his position.