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No need for bad gas compensation talks to persist beyond January – JGRA

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 1:12 PM
Philip Chong

Philip Chong, the head of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) says he expects the issue of compensation for consumers who were sold contaminated gas to be resolved in January.

Last year, several motorists had complained about engine problems after receiving bad gas at petrol stations islandwide.

Earlier this month, the Consumer Affairs Commission promised a positive outcome early next year following compensation negotiations on behalf of motorists.

Speaking on Real Business this morning, Chong said he sees no reason for the talks to continue beyond next month.


Head of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association, Phillip Chong

A special team that probed the bad gas saga could not identify who should be held responsible.

Meanwhile, Chong says the JGRA will be pressing harder in the new year for greater legislative control over the industry to allow for equitable partnership between petroleum marketers and retailers.

The marketers and retailers have been at odds for years, with gas station owners accusing the marketing companies of unfair trade practices.

Chong says the retailers will be pushing for laws which will, among other things, set out guidelines for contracts between the parties.