The fuel quota entitled to ‘meter-reading’ three-wheelers will be increased soon, disclosed Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara, addressing Parliament today (06).
“Right now, we have instructed the Police stations and local government bodies, as well as the Traffic Commission, to identify three-wheelers who operate professionally full-time among these drivers. Because only if we identify them will we be able to provide more fuel ration via an alternative method,” Wijesekara said.
The Minister added: “It is in this purpose did we ask them to be registered at the filling stations nearest to their police stations. But in the last five weeks we have never told them to purchase fuel from a particular filling station only. Therefore, they were able to purchase fuel from any station in Sri Lanka they desired.
The Energy Minister further told Parliament that the government expects to increase the ration in the future and that they are working to provide more fuel quota to the three-wheeler drivers who have meters installed in their vehicles, and who display the price and charge fairly, in compliance with the recommendations produced by the Ministry of Transport through the Transport Commission.
“We have initiated a programme in which they can purchase fuel meeting the quota provided from that registered filling station, and the volume of five litres regularly provided from any filling station,” Wijesekara went on, “We expect to implement the initiative after the Transport Commission and the Transport Ministry together with the local authorities provide the necessary information.”