Minister of Energy Kanchana Wijesekara says in order to implement the National Fuel Pass, those presently in fuel queues must be cleared adding military assistance will be sought to do so.
Responding to a question raised by a journalist at a media briefing the Minister said those currently in fuel queues should also register on the website for the fuel pass promptly.
The Minster said it is not possible to differentiate between those who had been in queues and those newly registered persons adding security forces will assist in clearing queues for fuel near filling stations.
Minister Wijesekara claimed if an individual was of the opinion they would get fuel based on the fact they remained in the queue, they are mistaken; adding filling stations of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will only operate under the fuel pass system.
He said Lanka Indian Oil Coroporation filling stations will proceed as usual until the fuel pass is implemented afterwhich the entire nation will follow a single system.
The Minister further said if a certain individual or entity owns more than one vehicle they would likely have a separate driver for each vehicle while reiterating only a single vehicle can be registered under one NIC.
However, Minister Wijesekara claimed fuel for Buses and Trains will be distributed without quota’s while quota’s will be imposed for private vehicles.
He said the relevant quota’s for each vehicle type will be made public within the next few days.
Registrations are now open for the public to register for the service. Interested parties can visit www.fuelpass.gov.lk and provide the necessary details for verification.
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera noted the fuel pass will enable each vehicle to purchase a guaranteed quota of fuel weekly.
Accordingly, only one vehicle can be registered under one national identity card.
The Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera taking to twitter said that a QR code will be issued to each vehicle after registering and verifying the chassis number and other information.
The Minister noted the public can obtain fuel twice a week according to the last number of the vehicle number plate, using the relevant QR code.