Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said they met with the representatives of the Department of Energy two weeks ago and will resume their inspections on gasoline stations in Bacolod City next week.
Because of the holidays, they were not able to conduct inspections to check on the calibration of gasoline pumps of gas stations in the city, he said.
Sayson said they can now attach “Out of order” stickers on gasoline pumps that are not properly calibrated, in violation of a national law and a City Ordinance.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City has passed an ordinance prescribing the calibration and sealing of dispensing pumps of liquid petroleum products retail outlets in Bacolod City, and imposing fees for the registration and sealing of dispensing pumps.
Sayson said that, because of the recent increases in prices of fuel, he is appealing to gasoline stations in Bacolod City to check the calibration of their gas pumps so they will not be inconvenienced during the inspection.
He said there are about 130 gasoline stations operating in Bacolod City.
Sayson said those found violating the ordinance will be meted fines for the first, second and third offences and after that there will be revocation of business permits.
The ordinance provides that all dispensing pumps used in the retailing of liquid petroleum products within Bacolod City must be properly calibrated every 60 days and sealed by the treasurer of his/her authorized representative.
It also provides that any retail outlet owner/operator found violating the ordinance will be meted a penalty of P4,000 and/or imprisonment of one month for the first offense, and P5,000 and/or imprisonment of two months for the second offense.
Revocation of permit to operate business and/or imprisonment of three months at the discretion of the Court will be imposed for the third and subsequent offenses.*CGS