Tanker owners urge security for fuel transport

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The Ceylon Petroleum Private Tanker Owners’ Association (CPPTOA)  urged the IGP to ensure security when transporting fuel.

In the light of recent obstructions by certain groups, the  Joint Secretary of the Association, D.V. Shantha Silva informed the IGP that they would be unable to report for duty if they were not provided with security during fuel transportation.

He said that when distributing fuel to certain areas, bowser drivers are being obstructed.

“People are attempting to jump onto the bowsers and the situation is dangerous if an accident occurs or a bowser collides with someone,” he said.

The Ministry of Power and Energy warned that if the public causes any obstruction to fuel distribution,  fuel will not be issued to petrol stations in those areas.

Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera said if the roads are blocked on account of a demand for fuel in front of any petrol station, the fuel distribution process will collapse if the staff in petrol stations re-act.

According to the Minister, it has been decided to stop supplying fuel to such filling stations.

He pointed out that the disruption was being carried out in an organised manner by some petrol station owners as well as by some political parties.

He said no fuel will be supplied to cans or ‘boolies’. “Vehicles have been given priority and queues could be cleared in three days. There are no plans to change the price at this time, and if such a change occurs, it will be announced publicly,” he said. He also stated that petrol station owners would only be notified a few minutes in advance so that they, too, would not be able to profit by collecting fuel.

BY Thameenah Razeek