Gas station operators frustrated with petroleum marketing companies
There is renewed disquiet in the petroleum sector as gas station operators are expressing frustration with petroleum marketing companies.
At the centre of the disquiet is what President of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA), Leonard Green, describes as the unfair and unconscionable contracts being offered by the marketing companies.
According to Green, the companies have been pressing dealers to sign new contracts.
However, he says dealers have objected to many of the terms.
The JGRA president says they are opposed to reducing the length of contracts from three years to one year; the significant increases in sub-franchise fees and the lack of compensation for displacement, among other issues.
According to him, the association has raised these and other concerns with marketing companies, but they have been non-responsive.
He says dealers are frustrated and restive and have charged the association to undertake action to register their objections.
Green says the JGRA is to complete islandwide consultations today to determine how gasoline dealers will proceed.
The JGRA president says the association and dealers are at their wits end as contract issues and related matters such as pricing by marketing companies have been an ongoing concern in the sector with no action from the relevant authorities.
He says attempts to have issues addressed through dialogue and consensus have not yielded any results and as such the JGRA president says the association and dealers are left with little options at this time to get the authorities to act.
Our news centre tried to contact Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, for a comment, but the attempt was unsuccessful.