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PACP issues violation notices against a number of gas stations in Muscat, for the unavailability of gas, raising the price, freedom of choice and having only one fueling lane

05/10/2017

PACP, as represented by the Market Regulation and Control Department, issued several violation notices against 6 gas stations in the Governorate of Muscat, for violating the consumer protection bylaws and regulations during the period starting January to September of 2017, this comes as the law enforcement officers from PACP HQ do their duties in checking the fuel prices in various gas stations.

 

Mr. Hilal bin Saud Al-Ismaili, Head of the Market Regulation and Control Department, stated that PACP is worked on intensifying field control on gas prices, since the implementation of the gas products price adjustment decision, through the continuous inspection campaigns conducted by the law enforcement officers on the gas stations around the various governorates of Oman.
Mr. Al-Ismaili added that the unavailability of gas was the cause that topped the list of violations with approximately 34.37 % of the total violations while others varied such as: raising the price, breaking the freedom of choice rules, allowing only one fueling lane, among other causes, He also stated that the administrative fines varied between OMR 50 – 2,000.
Mr. Al-Ismaili further advised all providers to adhere to the implemented rules and steer clear of price manipulation and, also advised the consumers to report the violations that undermine their rights guaranteed by laws and legislations.

 

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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