A tense situation erupted at a Matara filling station between groups that had been waiting in a fuel queue for days and groups that arrived at the filling station based on the last digit of their licence plate, having registered for the QR system.
The National Fuel Pass pilot project was conducted in the filling station, and fuel was issued with the QR code on a trial basis, in addition to registration. Thus, fuel was issued to registered motorcycles and cars and those with last digits of 0,1, and 2.
People attempted to fill up their vehicles on multiple occasions with the same number plates and some tried to circumvent the system by fixing old number plates to new vehicles.
People who had been waiting in line for days had to leave empty-handed. When filling stations run out of fuel halfway, some persons are forced to wait another week. Those in queues claim this system is unfair.
By Udaya Kumara Ranaweera – Matara