The FGNPS refuses that service stations become a scapegoat

In addition to the vertiginous rise in the price of hydrocarbons in Morocco, the quality of this substance in certain service stations is not there either, according to several testimonies from motorists who found themselves with colossal damage.

Indeed, several motorists expressed their indignation, after having stocked up with fuel in certain service stations, in particular in Casablanca, before suffering immediately after significant mechanical damage immediately making the link with the fuel supplied.

This ” scourge was also raised by a parliamentary deputy from the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Najoua Kouskou, who questioned the Ministry of Energy Transition, on the control of the quality of fuels that citizens pay a high price.

In an oral question addressed to the department of Leila Benali, the deputy confided that several motorists expressed their indignation in front of one of the TotalEnergies service stations, reporting significant damage to their vehicles after having supplied fuel from of the French brand.

Supporting evidence, the repair bills brandished by the protesters varied between 5,000 and 60,000 Dhs. Invoices that prompted motorists who suffered mechanical damage to demand compensation from TotalEnergies, after the technical inspections carried out on their vehicles established the link between the quality of the fuel supplied and the damage caused.

Requested by MoroccoLatestNews UKin this regard, the National Federation of owners, traders and managers of service stations in Morocco (FGNPS), expressed its firm condemnation of any manipulation or fraud in the quality of fuels, because of the damage caused to the national economy.

Expressing hisinnocenceof its practices, the FGNPS stressed that it was in no way defending those involved in this affair, but on the other hand refuses that the owners of the service stationsbecome scapegoats to cover up the real culprits who openly distribute these fuels“.

Therefore, the Federation calls on the responsible authorities, in particular the services of the Ministry of Energy Transition, to go to “the source of corruption to eliminate these practices”.There are distributors and brokers who circumvent the traceability system through large quantities of fuels outside the distribution chain. These are largely destined for large consumers at a lower price, then resell them to small consumers without an invoice, which causes material damage in the distribution stations.“, remarked the Federation.

Thus, the FGNPS holds the Ministry of Energy Transition fully responsible for controlling the quality of hydrocarbons, while stressing that there are legal loopholes in the law relating to the importation of hydrocarbons, the management of refining, packaging, conservation and distribution, which is at the origin of the spread of fraud”.

The Federation recalls having raised proposals in this direction, during the presentation of the decree relating to this law on the official website of the General Secretariat of the Government (SGG). Pending the interaction of the supervising ministry with these proposals, the Federation expressed its wish to see the supervising minister speed up the release of the regulatory texts of the law on hydrocarbons approved by Parliament since 2015.

In this context, reiterated its intention to reach out to all in order to cooperate with the supervisory ministry and with all the services concerned, suggest in this regard the formation of a joint committee to deal with all problems related to the quality of fuels.

“We have already made practical proposals in this regard, as companies and station owners are all working to maintain the quality of all kinds of petroleum products, knowing that there are certain exceptions related mainly to contraband gasoline.“, remarked the Federation.

To conclude, the National Federation of owners, traders and managers of service stations in Morocco affirmed that professionals in general are with legitimacy and with the application of the law against anyone who is proven to alter the quality fuels, noting that “control and sampling should not be limited to sales outlets alone, but should include all stages, starting with unloading, storage, distribution by truck and finally sales outlets or stations“.

Previous Post Next Post