The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has cautioned all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) traders against increasing LPG prices in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak .
“EPRA requires all LPG traders to behave responsibly and not to exploit consumers by hiking LPG prices in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country,” it said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The authority also directed traders to issue receipts for all LPG transactions, clearly indicating the name, address and telephone number of the retailer; as well as the name and telephone number of the consumer.
“Accordingly, and in order to ensure transparency in retail prices of LPG, traders are required to issue receipts for all LPG transactions in compliance with Regulation 19(7) of the Petroleum (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Regulations of 2019,” said EPRA.
EPRA also directed the retailer to adhere to the health guidelines as advised by the Ministry of Health to prevent further spread of Covid-19.
“Handling of cylinders and issuance of receipts by LPG retailers should follow the strict guidelines given by the Ministry of Health as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said EPRA.
Consumers have been encouraged to immediately report any cases of price hikes or non-compliance with EPRA guidelines to 0708 444 000 or 0709 336 000 or through emails email@example.com.
Traders who don’t comply risk having their business licences revoked.
“EPRA shall not hesitate to take stern action, including revocation of licences for traders who will not adhere to these guidelines,” said the authority.