ECONOMY

Undercover fuel inspections

The Development Ministry is resorting to the use of undercover inspectors in its battle against unscrupulous gas station owners, following complaints by representatives of the fuel trade sector.

A specially adapted unmarked vehicle with conventional registration plates will turn up unannounced at gasoline stations to fill up while keeping an eye out for any legal infringements.

The vehicle will be able to measure the volume of the fuel it receives from the fuel pump, and will also be equipped with systems for gauging weight, density etc. It will also have a transmitter that will send the data collected to a central point that will also provide information regarding the precise location of the vehicle at the time of the inspection via GPS.

The vehicle will be driven by employees from the General Secretariat of Commerce who have received the necessary training for this purpose.