People advised against buying fuel from unlicensed dealers

The Energy Regulation Board ERB has advised people against buying fuel from unlicensed dealers.

ERB Director for Consumer and Public Affairs Agnes Phiri says that this is because it becomes difficult to follow up a complaint as illegal traders have no fixed abode.

Speaking during a live radio programme on Breeze FM, Ms. Phiri also advised motorists to be alert when fuelling up their vehicles at Service Stations to avoid being swindled.

And speaking during the same programme, ERB Engineer for Electricity Boyd Chilembo advised people against engaging untrained electricians to wire their houses, because such houses have ended up being gutted by fire due to poor workmanship.

Mr. Chilembo further explained that it is difficult for ERB to follow up such cases because untrained electricians are not licensed to carry out the works.

Meanwhile Mr. Chilembo and Mrs. Phiri will on Saturday witness the launching of a 48 kilo watts standalone solar power plant in Lundazi by National Technology Business Centre

Meanwhile the ERB, Energy Regulation Board has announced that there will be no adjustment of fuel prices.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, the board says that this is in line with the Cost-Plus Model that is currently used to set fuel prices.

The board says that the decision is also in line with the policy guidance at the last price adjustment that fuel prices shall be reviewed after every 60 days.

The statement states that the marginal price increase for the current consignment that would have been made is lower than 2.5 per cent, which is the minimum threshold for adjusting prices under the Cost-Plus Model.

It further states that although there is an indication that if the wholesale and pump prices are retained at current levels, there would be marginal losses, a price adjustment can only be implemented if the wholesale prices rose or reduced by more than 2.5 per cent.

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