The oil companies asked not to introduce penalties for counterfeit gasoline

President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs (RSPP) Alexander Shokhin, sent a letter to the heads of the Ministry of energy and Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov and A. Novak not to impose turnover-based penalties for selling substandard petrol, says “Kommersant”, the disposal of which was this document.

A bill to appropriate the fines was prepared by the Federal Agency and approved by the state Commission in December of last year. In RSPP believe that these measures will suffer the gas station major oil companies, although they account for a small number of violations. Entrepreneurs believe the fines in the amount of 10-15% of total annual revenue, and at the second stop of the refinery or gas station for 90 days too hard measure.

Shokhin in his letter refers to the results of audits of the Prosecutor General in 2015, according to which the main circulation of counterfeit fuel from 6 to 10 million tons per year — takes place at independent stations, gas stations and mini-refineries that are not owned by vertically integrated companies.

Bill currently circulating the fines posted online for discussion and, according to the procedure, must undergo a regulatory impact assessment (RIA). According to “Kommersant”, the Ministry has already sent the Ministry of industry and trade in your negative feedback on the bill. Thus, ODS will also be negative, and the document will likely be returned back to the Ministry, the newspaper notes.

The issue of substandard gasoline last year raised the Russian President. In April at a meeting with members of the government Vladimir Putin has compared the loss to car owners due to poor quality of gasoline the theft and asked the Prosecutor General to deal with those who deceive consumers.

“It’s theft really. This leads not just to the problems associated with the fact that the engines of car enthusiasts fly more often than is necessary, to repair them it is necessary more often than expected, and so on. But this is simply consumer fraud,” — said Putin.

After the statement of the President the General Prosecutor’s office began checking the quality of fuel at filling stations across the country.