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Monday, 11 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Ashgabat

Turkmens will be taking to their cars with a spring in their step from Saturday after the government declared it will be giving drivers 120 litres of free petrol every month.

Drivers of trucks, tractors and buses will get 200 litres for free every month and motorcyclicts will get 40 litres, according to a decree published in the government daily, Neutral Turkmenistan.

The owners of transport vehicles will be given coupons giving them the right to free refuelling at petrol stations, the newspaper said. Coupons will be given out at banks from Monday to anyone who can provide a Turkmen passport and a registration document for their vehicle.

For drivers purchasing petrol above the limit, however, the price will go up to market levels, the decree said. Experts said this could mean petrol will cost around 60 dollar cents compared to the current eight dollar cents. Turkmenistan, a gas-rich Central Asian state, has a Soviet-style economy that is dominated by the state.

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