OREANDA-NEWS The President of the Independent Fuel Union (NTS) Pavel Bazhenov sent a letter to the State Duma, in which he asked to soften control over the accuracy of fuel supply at gas stations.

According to the expert, the new government requirements for the conversion of speakers, as well as fines increased to 500,000 rubles, will inevitably lead to the mass closure of most gas stations in Russia.

According to the new bill, from January 1, 2024, the maximum error of fuel dispensers will be 0.25 percent. Now this figure is 0.5 percent.

In addition, in three years there will be a significant increase in fines for under-watering. At the moment, the sanction for gas stations is one hundred thousand rubles. With the entry into force of the amendments, gas station representatives will have to pay a revolving fine, the minimum amount of which will be half a million rubles.

Oil company representatives estimate that about 15,000 gas stations out of 23,000 existing in Russia will need to be replaced. In addition, manufacturers have problems with the volume of output of columns of the required accuracy.

According to experts, the modernization of gas stations across the country will require about 60 billion rubles. Such a financial burden will become unbearable for most independent gas stations, which are already in a difficult position, working on the verge of profitability.