Gasolene Retailers Association says increased fines excessive
The Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) says the increase in fines under the Weights and Measures Act is excessive.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed amendments to the legislation which, among other things, increase penalties for breaching the law to $1 million.
Current fines under the legislation range from $100 to $2,000.
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, in piloting the bill, said the changes are aimed at penalising merchants who seek to shortchange consumers.
JGRA president, Leonard Green, says the association supports any measure which will boost integrity in the gasolene trade.
However, Green says increased penalties under the amended legislation are too high.
The JGRA president argues that gas station operators work with mechanical devices which can fail and result in an error.
He further argues that it would be unfair to assume that the operator had deliberate intentions to deceive customers and rush to impose a heft penalty.
The amended the bill is to go before the Senate for debate.