ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s National Fuel Pass registration process has been changed to facilitate businesses with multiple vehicles to register all their vehicles with under their business registration number, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has said.
The portal had been upgraded after a raft of complaints received during the trial period and thus the system has now changed to cater for the owners with multiple vehicles using their business registration number.
Earlier, only one vehicle was allowed to be registered under one business registration number.
The minister also said that steps are being taken to supply fuel for machinery.
“Fuel requirements for machinery must be registered with the respective Divisional Secretariats with the weekly fuel requirements,” he tweeted.
Sri Lanka started the online registration to implement fuel rationing through the National Fuel Pass as the country is unable to cater for the demand due to forex shortages after two years of money printing and continued monetary accommodation for state salaries.
Under the rationing system, each vehicle will be allocated a weekly quota of fuel.
As of 4 pm on Thursday (28), around 70% of the fuel stations islandwide have tested the QR code under the national fuel pass in a week and 464 Stations have used the facility on July 29 for 122,469 transactions, the minister said.
“4.4 Million users registered. The program will go National on the 1st of August. the National Fuel Pass QR facility since the 21st of July. 464 Stations have used the facility today for 122,469 transactions. 4.4 Million users registered. The program will go National on the 1st of August,” the minister said.
Cabinet Spokesperson Bandula Gunawardena early this week said Sri Lanka’s fuel bill for 2022 is estimated at 6.7 billion US dollars, up from 2.7 billion US dollars in 2015.(Colombo/July28/2022)