, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has drafted new guidelines to license all drivers and truck owners involved in transporting petroleum.
The commission’s Director General Eng Kaburu Mwirichia said the new regulation is aimed at streamlining bulk transportation of petroleum in the country and reduce the increasing cases of fuel adulteration.
Currently ERC only regulates transportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
“Whenever we catch someone with adulterated fuel the first thing that they tend to say is that the transporter could have played the greatest part in contaminating the fuel,” Mwirichia said.
“We want these transporters to be licensed so that we also know that they are doing a legal business,” he added.
The draft of the new regulations is complete and is currently at the Attorney General’s offices.
“We want to seriously go into regulating the transportation of the liquid petroleum because it is necessary. We shall also require that you are complying with KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority), you pay your taxes, that you are trained and that the tracks meet the Kenyan standards,” he added.
The ERC boss sentiments come two weeks after some motorists in some parts of Nairobi complained of being sold adulterated fuel at some stations.
Mwirichia has maintained that the commission will firmly deal with petrol station dealers found selling such fuel.
He indicated that at least one petrol station across the country is closed down or suspended for investigations due to claims of selling contaminated fuel.
The commission has kicked of workshops in major cities across the country to raise the level of awareness among the petroleum stakeholders with a view of increasing the level of compliance in the sector, key issue being the licensing requirement under the energy Act 2006.
Other government agencies involved include KRA, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Kenya Bureau of standards (KEBS).