No laws will affect the quality of gasoline
The draft law, which allows to check companies without notice, has passed the first reading in the Parliament. This document is supposedly aimed at restoring order in consumer markets, including in the oil market. But, experts say, it is not going to work.
According to the authors of the document, the proposed innovations will prevent ingress of substandard, counterfeit or pirated goods to market. However, supervisors willl be able to check entrepreneurs only with the sanction of the State Inspectorate for Consumer Protection.
According to Volodymyr Yemelin, executive director of the Association "Union petroleum operators of Ukraine" the provision on mandatory notification allows unscrupulous operators to safely exist in the market.
Now inspectors are required to notify companies (including gas stations) of the planned visit not later than 10 days prior. But in this case, the inspections are simply useless.
Moreover, in the absence of claims to fuel quality the tests are paid from the state budget, which is usually not sufficient for such work.
But even after the cancellation of the current rules on compulsory prior notification, consumer protection agencies will not be able to inspect gas stations too hard. In May last year, in the amendments to the law "On State Market Supervision and Control of Non-Food Products" it was provided that the responsibility for the quality of the product is on its manufacturer, not on the seller.
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