22 May 2007 - 12:43
  • News Code: 105291
Minister Says Cabinet Will Set Petrol Quota June 7

TEHRAN – Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Seyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh Tuesday announced that the cabinet would determine the petrol quota for cars and taxicabs on June 7.

The minister, who made the statement on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of Maroun 3 gas pressure station, added petrol was supplied in all filling stations with smart card as of today.

He expressed hope all smart cards would be distributed by June 7 and the rationing would take effect at that date.

Last March, Majlis (Iran’s parliament) approved that the government could sell rationed gasoline at 1,000 rials per liter through smart cards as of May 22. The lawmakers also authorized the cabinet to determine the price of gasoline sold in excess of the rationed quota.

The cabinet was to define the rationed gasoline quota Sunday and the officials have yet to make the final decision on the date of rationing.

Rapporteur of Energy Committee of Majlis (Iran’s parliament), Seyed Abdolmajid Shoja, said no certain body or ministry was to blame for mismanagement and delay in implementing fuel smart card plan.

“The cabinet and Majlis are not expected to pass the buck for the delay as both sides are trying to fulfill their duties,” he told PIN, adding the necessary infrastructure had not been yet provided in the country, making it difficult to put the plan into practice.

Although rationing would not start as of due time, authorized bodies deserved appreciation for timely providing and distributing just about all smart cards, said the official.

Mohammad Khoshchehreh, also an Economic Committee member, said it would take a miracle for the government to enforce gasoline rationing as of May 22.

He called the timely enforcement of gasoline rationing impractical, adding the cabinet would prove highly efficient if it managed to do the job.

He called on the authorities to see to possible social, economic, political, and security repercussions to pave the way for the amendment of the plan.

PRICE HIKE

Gasoline price in Iran went from 800 rials (8.6 cents) per liter to 1,000 rials (10.8 cents) and is supplied only with smart card as of today.

Interior and petroleum ministries in a joint statement announced the new conditions of gasoline supply.

Petrol is supplied only with smart card as of May 22, reads the statement.

Few car owners who have not yet received their smart cards need to call on the distribution centers immediately, it continues.

Some gas stations have been selected by Petroleum Ministry to supply gasoline with emergency smart card for a limited period of time.

The date of rationing and the petrol quota for a car will be announced later.

According to the Budget Law for the Iranian year 1386 (started March 21, 2007), petrol is supplied at the rate of 1,000 rials (10.8 cents) per liter as of May 22.

Any rise in prices by either state-run or private sectors is illegal and subject to punishment.  

New information will be valid only through authorized sources.

The 25 percent price increase was announced at a time that contradictory reports were released.

Last Sunday, the communications and information deputy of the Presidential Office said the price of gasoline would not rise before the rationing plan took effect.

Mohammad-Javad Behdad added gasoline would be supplied with smart card at the previous 8.6 cent rate per liter as of May 22.

He said the price would soar to 10.8 cents as the rationing plan was put into practice.

“The date of rationing will be announced soon,” vowed the official.

However, Mohammad Nasseri, the plan spokesman Monday said gasoline price would soar to 10.8 cents Tuesday.

Hassan Moradi, a member of board of directors of Energy Committee of Majlis, confirmed the news and assured that the price would rise.

Nasseri said all filling stations of Iran had been equipped with fuel smart card system.

Talking to PIN, he added the system had been run in all 2,300 petrol stations of the country.

According to Nasseri, six million fuel smart cards had been submitted to car owners.

Fuel smart card project became operational on May 10, the advisor to deputy minister of petroleum for refining and distribution affairs said.

Abdolreza Amini told PIN the smart card system was put into operation in some gas stations earlier in order to identify and remove the problems.

 

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