‘National Fuel Pass’ goes live on 25 July

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The supply of fuel according to the National Fuel Pass using a QR code will commence on 25 July after a three-day pilot project.

A spokesman of the Ministry of Power and Energy said the QR code system will not be implemented today (21) as previously planned, as there are large crowds at the filling stations and implementation would be difficult to monitor. The Ministry also lacks a method to monitor implementation.

According to sources, fuel will be distributed to both customers who have the QR code and those who do not.

On 19 July evening, a discussion was held to plan the commencement of fuel distribution today, and according to the discussion, fuel will be issued based on the last digit of the vehicle registration plate.

Thus, number plates ending in 0,1,2 will be issued fuel on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 3,4,5 will be issued fuel on Thursdays and Sundays, and 6,7,8,9 will be issued fuel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

When asked if customers who are eligible to obtain fuel will receive it on Thursday (21), he said they most likely will.

Furthermore, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Security Forces, the National Youth Corps, and the National Youth Services Council, will assist filling station employees and the public in implementing the fuel pass programme by providing technical expertise on how to operate the system. According to Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera, if it is not possible to remove the vehicles presently parked, it has been decided to remove them by providing fuel only according to the last digit of the number plate for the respective date.

The amount of fuel supplied for motorcycles will be limited to Rs1,500, Rs 2,000 for three-wheelers, and Rs 7,000 for cars, vans, lorries, and busses.

By Thameenah Razeek