Some fuel attendants are refusing to sell fuel to motorists in preference to vendors from whom they are soliciting money, the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has revealed.
ERB public relations manager, Kwali Mfuni, has advised Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to monitor fuel attendants selling fuel to illegal vendors at unauthorized prices at the expense of motorists.
She said ERB had received reports that some fuel attendants were taking advantage of perceived fuel shortage in the country to engage in illegal acts.
Ms Mfuni disclosed that the ERB was aware of an incident that occurred in Mazabuka where the fuel attendant refused to refuel motor vehicles, but opted to sell fuel to consumers with Jerry cans at K10 per litre.
She was worried that illegal fuel vendors were now illegally selling a five litre container at K100 which was double the normal price.
Ms Mfuni however said ERB would not hesitate to take action against OMCs whose employees are involved in the practice.
She appealed to members of the public to report such malpractices to any ERB offices or to call the toll free line 8080.
‘’The ERB has continued to monitor fuel levels to ensure availability of the product throughout the country and we would like to reassure the public that Indeni Petroleum Refinery in Ndola resumed operations on 18th March, 2016 after it received feedback.
The refinery had temporarily suspended operations as it waited delivery of the right feedstock,’’ she said , Government recently authorized OMCs to import refined petroleum products which was to allow for a smooth transition from the previous supplier of feedstock to the next one.