The Petroleum Distributors’ Association warned that fuel distribution will have to be suspended, if there is no public support to protect fuel stations.
The association said so in response to several incidents of violence and assault on filling station staff islandwide.
Vice President of the Association, Kusum Sandanayake, said people should support fuel distribution through petrol stations and ensure the safety of filling station staff.
He told the Media that fuel stations were supposed to close at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday (22). However, the stations distributed fuel until 2:00 a.m. and even then were forced to operate until 3:30 a.m. because those who were waiting in lines did not obey the instructions of the Police and Security Forces.
“If the present scenario persists, the filling station staff members will be unable to continue providing this service. Therefore, customers are request to ensure the safety of everyone at filling stations,” he said.
Meanwhile, he remarked that fuel stocks that are enough for two days under normal circumstances, dry up in a matter of hours these days.
He also alleged that unscrupulous fuel merchants might be buying fuel and selling it at a higher price.
“In some circumstances, summoning staff members to filling stations in response to public uproar can be risky. Thus, security personnel should intervene to safeguard the safety of stations and staff,” he said.
By Thameenah Razeek