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Gasolene retailers restive ... say 'certain elements' in bad gas saga creating unfair perceptions

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Members of the Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) are this afternoon restive because of what they say is the unfair perception being created by "certain elements" amid the ongoing bad gas saga.

The upset retailers want the government to urgently implement tighter regulations to govern the petroleum trade.

This week, 17 gas stations were ordered to close pumps found to have been dispensing poor quality gasoline.

In a press release this afternoon, the JGRA pointed to what it described as an effort by certain elements to cover their breach of public trust in relation to the contaminated fuel on the market. 

The association is insisting that its members are not responsible for the contaminated gas.

According to JGRA president, Leonard Green, members are suffering because of the perception that gas station operators are responsible.

Earlier this week, Green had stated that it was unlikely that retailers could be behind the contamination as they do not mix fuel.

 

Head of the JGRA, Leonard Green speaking on Real Business on Power 106 FM earlier this week.

Green is adamant that gas station operators who lose money because of the shut down should be compensated by petrol suppliers.

In the meantime, the JGRA says it has made numerous calls for the Government to intervene and implement corrective measures, such as regulations, Code of Conduct and a new licensing regime. 

The association is now demanding that the Government immediately put in place a structure to start the legislative process to amend current laws and pass proposed ones.