Commerce Minister Axel Addy has said an inspection of filling stations in Monrovia revealed that customers are being defrauded at filling stations.
He said of the 18 filling stations inspected, 13 failed for “cheating the public at the pump”, and operating without a business license.
Addressing the Ministry of Information Weekly Press Briefing in Monrovia Thursday, Minister Addy said the discovery was made during the Ministry’s first round of technical inspection that covered gas stations.
He said the inspections will cover Weight and Measures at filling stations, Industrial Compliance, Food Safety and Warehousing and Storage. It will last four months.
During the inspection, a considerable number of filling stations faced fine for failing the accuracy test in pumping the exact American one gallon, lack of fire extinguishers and safety signs, non-display of Business Registration and operating illegally.
He said the ministry used its Compliance and Conformity Performance Rating (CCPR) to categorize the performance of gas stations.
Minister Addy said those filling stations fined will undergo re-verification tests after paying their fines to ensure they are compliant.
He hoped the inspection presents a clearer picture of the sector and would help the public get value for money and the businesses an opportunity to benefit from a better regulated and more transparent business environment.