Yad Sarah building Beersheba 311.
(photo credit: Yocheved Miriam Russo)
Voluntary organizations like Yad Sarah strongly oppose the sharp increase in
gasoline prices because, unlike private businesses, they are not compensated for
taxes on petrol.
Yad Sarah, the nationwide organization for the ill,
elderly and disabled, said on Monday that it suffers from such increases because
it has a fleet of 40 Nechonit vans for transporting the wheelchair bound and
trucks for supplying medical equipment to branches.
The organization said
it purchases some 40,000 liters of gas monthly or half a million a year, each of
which will soon cost NIS 8. Its annual gasoline bill is already NIS 3
As it operates on contributions, it was forced to raise its
charge for Nechonit vans – which it subsidizes to the tune of 50 percent – by
NIS 10 the last time gas prices rose. The charge by a private ambulance company
is three times higher for the same distance, said Yoel Levy, Yad Sarah’s vehicle
Each van travels 65,000 kilometers yearly, and three trucks
move medical equipment for lending out among its 100 branches.
commercial firms receive rebates in value-added tax for these expenses, voluntary
organizations that do not are discriminated against by the tax authorities, Yad
Help is needed because the disabled are also usually low
income and such transport is vital for their health, the organization said. Yad
Sarah concluded that despite the higher transport costs, the handicapped must
not be prevented from leaving their homes due to economic problems.
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