The Fuel Distributors Association warns that the supply of fuel will be suspended if the public fails to corporate during the distribution of fuel.
Deputy Chairman of the Association Kusum Sadanayake speaking at a media briefing charged certain individuals of attempting to forcibly obtain fuel at filling stations.
He said filling stations that were due to close at 10pm, remained open till 2am and were threatened by individuals to remain open till 3:30am disregarding Police and Army directives.
Sadanayake said if such behaviour continues, the supply of fuel will be suspended.
He requested the public to consider the filling stations in their area as their own and to protect its employees.
He noted that if such actions continue, they will be compelled to close filling stations following discussions with the government.
Co-Secretary of the Association Kapila Naotunna said while fuel stocks were ordered for a week’s requirement, it is seemingly becoming insufficient.
He said 6,600 litres are supplied to filling stations which can be pumped to 200-250 vehicles by rationing supplies.
He said buses require at least 100-125 litres per pump which amounts to only 66 lorries or buses per 6,600 litres of diesel.
However, Naotunna said vehicles are in queue threefold this figure.
He also charged that certain individuals after pumping fuel siphon the stock to cans and re-join queues to obtain fuel at filling stations.