Fuel pumping based on last digit begins

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Issuance of fuel based on the last digit of the vehicle registration plate was successful in the majority of fuel stations around the country.

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.

Meanwhile, due to technical difficulties with the QR code scanning system, the pilot project to monitor the National Fuel Pass QR program’s implementation failed yesterday.

The CPC chose six filling stations in Colombo 04, Colombo 02, Colombo 07, Kaduwela, Madiwela, and Marine Drive, each with an officer to monitor the implementation of the new system.

When contacted, officers claimed that the QR system, which they were supposed to check by 1 p.m. yesterday, had failed. They said, however, the system introduced by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) was supposed to go live on 25 July.

However, the officers said that they will begin testing the project again today (22).

Meanwhile, other fuel filling stations, mostly in Colombo suburbs, were flooded with vehicles after the filling stations’ two-week supply of fuel arrived.

However because of the squabbles that occurred yesterday during the implementation of the number plate system, some fuel distributors reverted to the old method of distributing fuel, ignoring the newly introduced method.

The Fuel Distributors Association (FDA), they will not provide fuel for vehicles waiting in lines if they do not adhere to the system based on the last digit of the vehicle’s registration number on the specific day.

By Thameenah Razeek