Thai Transportation and Logistics Association president Worawit Charownwattanaphan said today that the current scattered blockades of highways to the south by rubber farmers has now taken toll on transport operators with late delivery of cargoes and higher cost to the end destinations.
He said that normally cargo trucks could drive directly to destinations but after more blockades were set up, they have to spend at least five hours more from earlier three hours.
Normal traffic was detoured for over a 100 kilometers longer to avoid the road blockades and thus the fuel cost will go higher inevitably.
But he said that truck operators have not yet decided on whether to adjust the transport cost but warned that if the situation remained unchanged and the government did not do anything, consumers would surely be affected and shoulder the higher cost.
The association will seek help from the Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt today at 4.30 p.m. to discuss its impact on transporters.
Source: News Center