Authorities Arrest 14 Protesting Truck Drivers in Aqaba

تم نشره في Tue 28 March / Mar 2017. 12:00 AM
  • protesting truck owners and drivers continue their strike in Aqaba - (AlGhad)
  • protesting truck owners and drivers continue their strike in Aqaba - (AlGhad)
  • protesting truck owners and drivers continue their strike in Aqaba - (AlGhad)
  • protesting truck owners and drivers continue their strike in Aqaba - (AlGhad)

AQABA —AlGhad— Police arrested 14 protesting truck drivers today, Tuesday, by orders of the Governor of Aqaba, in an attempt to break the protest and strike which has been carrying on for the last 4 days at the shipping yard in Quweira, south of Jordan.

In spite of the arrests, protesting truck owners and drivers, who transport imported oil crudes from Aqaba to the Jordanian oil refinery facility in Aqaba, have decided to continue their strike.

Not long ago, oil truckers pulled another strike over the same demands which have not been met, according to the truckers’ association committee, and are the foundation of the ongoing protests today.

Notably, Truckers have been protesting Jo Petrol’s monopoly over the crude transportation operation for over a year now.

Truck drivers and owners confirm that since the monopoly, the average monthly trip count per truck has gone down from 10 to 4 loads, which does not cover operational expenses, the association reiterates.

In total, due to this sharp drop, the sectors losses have been incrementally skyrocketing to JOD120 million last year alone. That is next to the sudden and radical depreciation of the trucks themselves.

The average cost of proprietorship truck hovered around JOD80 thousand before the Iraqi oil sourcing operation was suspended due to the ongoing turmoil, which has driven the asset value of the trucks themselves down to around JOD50 thousand, a staggering JOD30 thousand depreciation within a limited and brief number of years.

On a daily basis, the facility in Zarqa receives an average of 200 trucks, carrying crude loads from the oil pier in Aqaba.

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