Petrol prices up, changes to take effect today


ERC has announced an increase in petrol prices. Photo/FILE
ERC has announced an increase in petrol prices. Photo/FILE

In Summary

  • Cases of adulterated fuel in several parts of the country have also raised eyebrows.
  • On June 16 this year, police in Eldoret arrested one suspect and impounded over 300 litres of adulterated fuel.
  • Signs that your car has such fuel include jerking, excessive smoking from the exhaust, loss of engine power and sometimes complete engine stalls.

The Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that petrol prices will be increased by Ksh.3 per litre from today (Sunday).

A statement sent to newsrooms on Saturday however said kerosene and diesel will retail at a lower price.

“Diesel and Kerosene decrease by Ksh.0.35 and Ksh.1.48 per litre respectively,” ERC said.

According to the regulator, the increased prices are due to average landed cost of imported Super Petrol and will take effect from July 15 to August 14.

ERC however assured motorists of its mandate to protect them from unfair competition, insisting that their interests are considered when determining petrol prices.

Cases of adulterated fuel in several parts of the country have also raised eyebrows recently, even as the ERC maintains that quality checks are firmly in place.

On June 16 this year, police in Eldoret arrested one suspect and impounded over 300 litres of adulterated fuel.

According to the ERC, the country loses Ksh.9.2billion annually because of such incidences and any individuals or gas stations suspected should be indicted.

“The Commission urges motorists who experience jerking, excessive smoking from the exhaust, loss of engine power and sometimes complete engine stalls immediately after fueling to report through hotline numbers 0708444000 and 070933600,” the statement reads.

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