LGUs can act vs vendors of bottled fuel, erring gas stations-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
THE Department of Energy (DOE) reminds local government units to enforce laws against erring gasoline station owners and small-time fuel vendors.
Zenaida Monsada, DOE’s Oil Industry Management Bureau chief, said many LGUs do not know that they can compel gasoline station owners to have their pump meters calibrated regularly.
She said gasoline stations are required to recalibrate their pump meters to avoid short-selling customers.
She lamented that many LGUs do not monitor gasoline stations in their areas.
Monsada said LGUs have the authority to cancel a gasoline station owner's business permit if their pump meters are found to be uncalibrated.
Erring gasoline station owners may be imposed a fine of up to P10,000 and face
Monsada said the DOE is offering LGUs seminars on how to calibrate pump meters so they can implement it in their areas.
Checking compliance of gasoline stations can be a source of revenue for the city or municipality while protecting the interests of their consumers, she said.
Monsada also reminded LGUs that selling of gasoline in bottles or “bote-bote” is illegal.
She said that aside from safety concerns, bottled gasoline being sold on the streets is a form of smuggling.
She said some LGUs depend on the Bureau of Fire Protection to monitor small-time gasoline sellers, but local fire departments can only reprimand not confiscate or close down businesses.
She said LGUs can stop small-time gasoline sellers as majority of them do not have business permits.
DOE held a seminar for public information officers in Cebu yesterday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2013.