Due to the forex crisis, the imports of fuel have to be restricted in the next 12 months, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara said yesterday (25).
The Minister announced this in a twitter message: “Due to forex crisis, fuel imports have to be restricted in the next 12 months. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has never distributed fuel to every single fuel Station on daily basis. It is practically not possible even when stocks are unlimited.”
He also said the National Fuel Pass will be implemented from 1 August, rendering the last digit of the number plate system and other systems invalid to obtain fuel.
He added the National Fuel Pass QR code system will be implemented Islandwide starting today (26) in multiple CEYPETCO and Lanka IOC fuel stations. The Last Digit of Number Plate system will be in place until 1 August.
Wijesekara requested all CEYPETCO and Lanka IOC fuel station owners to adopt the system immediately, and distribution will be strictly enforced to fuel stations with QR facilities by 1 August. He said QR system was introduced since the daily fuel demand cannot be fulfilled.
He also asked the public to join the National Fuel Pass programme and support the initiative.
The minister claimed fuel stations that are not equipped or are experiencing technical difficulties will adhere to the last digit and fuel quota allocation until the technical issues are resolved. He noted that 60 per cent of the stations have already been equipped and tested and will be prioritised in fuel distribution.
Wijesekara said by the end of the week, users will be able to register multiple vehicles with their business registration, as well as Government institutes. Divisional Secretariats will be granted access to the platform in order to register generators, gardening equipment, and other items.
The Police and Divisional Secretariats will be given the ability to register three-wheelers and assign each three-wheeler to a specific fuel station. The Ministry of Transport will be granted access to register buses and assign them to depots or fuel stations as needed.
Wijesekara also highlighted those other services, such as health, agriculture, fishing, tourism, industries, and service providers, will have access to the system to register their needs and allocate vehicles at fuel stations.
For the next ten days, National Youth Corps and National Youth Council members and volunteers will assist the programme at fuel stations, he said. (TR)