The number of bowsers used to distribute fuel has been reduced by 40 per cent owing to a dispute, between bowser owners and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), over monthly allowance paid to bowser drivers.
As a result, only about 250 bowsers are now used to distribute fuel to filling stations across the island.
Secretary of the Ceylon Petroleum Private Tanker Owners’ Association Shantha Silva said the owners have withdrawn duties because the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has not increased the drivers’ monthly allowance.
He noted that while fuel prices increased, there was no increase in allowances, however, the CPC has informed them that their allowances will be increased.
He said the corporation normally pays Rs 400 per kilometre and that they have promised to increase the allowance to Rs 550. He claims that now that the National Fuel Pass system is in place, the reduction in bowsers is insignificant.
“Normally, about 800 bowsers are involved in fuel distribution, but that has now been reduced to 250 to 300,” he said.
Silva added that there is a problem with fuel distribution. He claimed that over the past few days, the Muthurajawela terminal has only distributed diesel when it should have distributed both petrol and diesel.
However, he claims that the queues have resurfaced due to a lack of management in fuel distribution.
BY Thameenah Razeek