A new petrol station opened by the Dobsonville, Roodepoort, Leratong and Johannesburg Taxi Association has come under fire from authorities for offering diesel and petrol at up to 50c less than competitors, according to a report by Times Live.
The station, whose prices are decided by the executive of the association, sells 93 octane petrol at R12.88 a litre, 95 octane at R13.12, and diesel at R12.66 a litre. However these prices are well outside the current prescribed ranges as provided for in the pricing regulations published by the department of energy in December last year.
“All service stations in the same fuel pricing zone must have the same petrol price. Without having all the details, a difference of 50 cents looks excessive,” said spokesman for the department of energy Thandiwe Maimane.
“Charging a different petrol price … within the same fuel pricing zone is illegal [and] no one can be exempted from charging the gazetted petrol price … ” said Maimane.
The taxi association’s spokesperson, Zeblon Simelane, said he believed that the station was doing nothing wrong.
“The product belongs to us and we can decide on the prices.” He said the association would make its own decisions about prices, in line with hikes recommended by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget last week.