GIS – 25 Feb 2013: The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Cader Sayed-Hossen, effected a site visit respectively at Vivo Energy Mauritius, Roche Bois, and Total Mauritius, Port Louis, on Thursday 21 February 2013. The event was organised in the context of the decanting of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and New Regulations for 12kg gas cylinders.
During the site visit, Minister Sayed-Hossen highlighted that, due to some traders’ reluctance to use gas cylinders of 15 kg and 50 kg for commercial purposes, he had proposed that non-subsidised LPG contained in 12kg will be put henceforth at the disposal of traders as from 1st March 2013.
In fact, it is to be recalled that following the coming into force of the Consumer Protection (Use of LPG in Small Cylinders) Regulations 2012 in February last year, traders – especially operators dealing in food services – continued to use domestic LPG cylinders of 5, 6 or 12 kg, which are all subsidised by Government, despite the interdiction to do so. Representations were made to that effect with the Consumer Protection Unit.
Hence, now as from 1st March, two types of 12 kg LPG cylinders will be put on sale: one which is subsidised for the public and one which is non-subsidised for traders. For Vivo Energy (Ex-Shell), the commercial cylinders will be of turquoise colour and the domestic ones will remain blue. For Total Mauritius, the commercial cylinders will have a serial number and a steel wire rope attached to the regulator.
The authorities will also be stricter now to prevent the use of the decanting of gas cylinders and their use in motor vehicles.