President William Ruto has unveiled eight rules that the government will enforce regarding the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and the transportation of fuel.
In his State on National Security Report filed before Parliament in November, Ruto stated that the government will seek to restrict LPG refilling operations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
His administration will also push for the adoption of technology to track the movement of all gas cylinders in an effort to improve the safety of Kenyans.
“Going forward, the government will review the standards and recommended practices related to petroleum products, LPG inspection and clearances.
An LPG refilling plant that was raided by the police on Friday, April 7, 2023.
‘The government will also fast-track the development of the regulations to the Petroleum Act, 2019 to enhance the management of the energy sector,” read the report in part.
On the other hand, the Kenya Kwanza administration will establish safe and secure storage spaces for exhibits of seized products and fast-track recruitment of additional staff in the EPRA enforcement directorate.
Ruto also reported to senators that the government will ban the export of used gas cylinders in the near future.
It was explained that some of the exported used cylinders often explode, painting a bad image of the country.
Regarding the transportation of fuel products, the Head of State said he would liaise with the county government to have land reserved for the parking of fuel tankers.
Fuel tankers have often been the cause of major disasters on the road, especially when involved in road carnages.
In other scenarios, the trailers are usually parked by the roadsides, thus hampering the visibility of drivers and causing traffic jams.
“Further, weak enforcement of various legal frameworks and/or policies governing the sector has resulted in a myriad of challenges, including unregistered petroleum facilities.
“In addition, the country has witnessed some petroleum facilities being utilized as dens for dumping, adulteration and siphoning of petroleum products mainly along the northern corridor,” Ruto added in his report.
Fuel tankers lined up to collect petroleum products for distribution in various parts of the country.