Iran launches pilot mileage-based gas oil distribution

Business Materials 22 June 2015 13:56 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, June 22

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

Gas oil distributed to the public transport section is going to be rationed based on the vehicles' mileage, deputy director of Iran 's Road Maintenance Organization in planning Shahram Adamnejad said.

He said starting June 22, the mileage information of all kinds of heavy vehicles in the public transport fleet will be sent to gas stations across the country in order to assign each kind of vehicle its specific fuel ration.

Load capacity and passenger seats as well as the vehicle's mileage are factors playing a role in specifying the amount of rationed fuel, he said, Tasnim news agency reported June 22.

The gas stations need to be online in order to be able to fill the vehicles, he said. Accordingly, the entire gas stations in the country that have not been equipped with online connection will be fixed soon, he noted.

There are 400,000 trucks, 20,000 buses, and 36,000 minibuses in the Iranian public transport fleet.

The second phase of the plan will be launched in September 2016 where GPS data will be used to ration vehicles' fuel.

The project follows the Iranian government's fight against fuel smuggling. Fuel is subsidized in Iran, which makes the consumer price lower than neighbor countries, opening the way for a lucrative illegal market of fuel trafficking.

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