Minister warns private bowser owners

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera yesterday threatened to revoke the licenses issued to petroleum private bowser owners who decide to keep away from the distribution of fuel.

The Ceylon Petroleum Private Bowser Owners Association (CPPBOA) have demanded a revision in fares.

Minister Wijesekera stated that it has been decided to issue licenses to new private bowsers who have not yet been able to obtain permits for fuel transport with immediate effect and to revoke the licenses of licensed bowser owners who do not report to duty.

The Minister said that the distribution of fuel by 384 bowsers and trains has been completed by Saturday afternoon and that sufficient stocks of auto diesel, super diesel, 92 petrol and kerosene will continue to be released to the market in the coming days as well.

Fuel is distributed by government-owned bowsers, fuel station-owned bowsers and private-owned bowsers.

He said prices have been revised five times since July last year for privately-owned hired bowsers. According to the latest revision, there had been an increase of 84 percent.

The CPC has also agreed to make a few more amendments, but private bowser owners have rejected the offer.

He said arrangements have already been made to use alternative methods if the private sector bowsers continue to stay away from fuel distribution.

The Minister emphasized that price revisions should be made in a reasonable manner.

He said a ship carrying diesel has already commenced unloading and two more petrol and crude oil tankers are scheduled to unload in the next two days.

Wijesekera stated that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has sufficient stocks of fuel.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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