MERA cautions illegal fuel vending

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has warned illegal vendors and fuel service stations aiding illegal fuel vending malpractice to halt or risk facing the law as concerns for fuel vending are on the increase.

According to a press statement released by MERA on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, retail fuel service stations’ licensing conditions do not permit hoarding of petroleum products, showing undue preference to, or discriminating against any person(s) with regard to the provision of petroleum products or services.

The statement has also assured that MERA will intensify spot checks and ensure that offenders are held accountable and regulatory sanctions are applied and as appropriate, suspend or revoke licenses of fuel service station operators involved in this malpractice.

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority has further urged consumers to report illegal fuel vendors and retailers of petroleum products suspected of engaging in discriminatory and corrupt practices to the nearest Police Stations or call toll-free Tip Off Anonymous 874 and MERA.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Lilongwe Police Station, Hastings Chigalu, highlighted that they are ready to work with MERA and ensure that illegal vending is put to a stop.

“Fuel is a hazard and most of these illegal vendors keep the fuel in their homes which is a threat to human lives,

“We are more than ready to partner with MERA where necessary to ensure that illegal vending is flashed out and that people are safe from the dangers paused by illegal fuel vending,” he said.