“I am pleased to announce the tabling of the Fuels Amendment Bill in the House of Assembly tomorrow,” stated the Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban.
The public will recall the recent passing of the Fuels Act 2022, which laid out the main goals of this groundbreaking legislation. Primarily, the Fuels Act defines practices in the fuels sector, perhaps most importantly, the pricing of fuels. The passing of the legislation allows the drafting of Fuels Act regulations to commence.
Minister Roban continued, “During the debate of the Fuels legislation in the Senate, independent senators highlighted matters related to the definitions in the Bill. To advance this important initiative, the Ministry committed to examine the matters and revert with amendments if necessary.
After review by counsel, we agreed that the suggestions were worthwhile in providing clarity to those specific definitions raised. This bill will clarify the definition of fuel to ensure that renewable energy solutions are not confused with the fuels sector or unintentionally fall under any of its regulations. It also provides additional clarity to ensure that this Act only regulates those in the actual business of importing or selling fuel. For example, excluding hardware stores or those that sell lubricants.”
“We will continue listening and acting on concerns raised and remain committed to an inclusive process as we draft the regulations for the Fuels Act.”
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