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Gas pump cheating instances under scrutiny

Δημοσίευση 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:16 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Gas pump cheating instances  under scrutiny
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The “cheating at gas pumps” issue has turned into a feud between fuel sector trade unions in the country, following numerous reported incidents of deceived customers at petrol station, where pumps are allegedly doctored to show a higher quantity of pumped gas.
The regional development ministry has announced that petrol station owners who are found guilty of cheating customers will be brought to justice.

The “cheating at gas pumps” issue has turned into a feud between fuel sector trade unions in the country, following numerous reported incidents of deceived customers at petrol station, where pumps are allegedly doctored to show a higher quantity of pumped gas.
The regional development ministry has announced that petrol station owners who are found guilty of cheating customers will be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the federation of gasoline retailers (OBE) on Tuesday supported the intensification of inspections by authorities to combat the phenomenon but, at the same time, criticised the stance adopted by the Federation of Petrol Station Owners (POPEK) against the installation of electronic monitoring systems on the pumps themselves.

On its part, POPEK admitted on Monday that the incidents of deceived consumers at the gas pumps were on the rise and requested the intensification of inspections, while rejecting the allegations made against it by OBE by underlining that “the efforts for the protection of healthy competition should be continuous and not be limited to occasional inspections”.

Opposition parties on gas prices,  reforms, foreign policy

Opposition Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Tuesday stressed that “the people want low petrol prices that can only be achieved through the drastic reduction of taxation and the establishment of a state-run energy authority”.
In an unrelated topic, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) President George Karatzaferis rejected any talk on a joint exploitation of the Aegean with Turkey and criticiszed the delays in defining an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Referring to “the so-called structural reforms and government actions, such as, the opening of the closed-off professions,” he said that the government should show restraint.
Referring to the fuel issue, Radical Left Coalition (Synaspismos) pointed out that “Greece has the highest petrol prices in the EU and rising”, adding that “the problem has assumed dramatic dimensions for the lower incomes and the economy”.
The party suggested the adoption of a multi-level package of measures ensuring the substantive control of Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (ELPE), intensified inspections and lower taxation.