ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is looking to increase the fuel quota for commercially run threewheelers in the next two weeks from the current five-litre allocation, Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said.
There are 11 million threewheelers registered at the Motor Vehicle Department and the government is not able to increase fuel quota for all of them, the minister told parliament on Tuesday October 18.
“We have given permission to provincial offices to identify [commercial] threewheeler taxis in their respective area,” said Wijesekera.
According to registrations at the provincial and divisional secretaries, the minister said, there are only 350,000 commercial tuk drivers in the country.
“After identifying these threewheelers, they will be included in the QR system separately to give them an additional quota.
“Within the next two weeks we will try to complete the process,” he said.
However, the minister said the fuel quota system in place will continue as the authorities won’t be able to manage the supply otherwise.
“Even Western countries are facing difficulties in managing fuel,” he said.
Sri Lanka has introduced a similar system for private buses, he added. (Colombo/Oct18/2022)