In the Odesa region for a week 9 illegal gas stations are closed, 5 criminal proceedings are opened

08 January 2020, 12:16
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The head of the Odesa regional state administration Maksym Kutsyi held a meeting of the regional interagency group on counteracting illegal trafficking of fuel. At the moment, the groups seized 30.5 tons of fuel and equipment from illegal stations for a total amount of 3.26 million hryvnias.

“In a week, 62 gas stations were inspected and 9 of them were officially closed. Mobile inspection teams with representatives of the prosecutor's office, police, SBU, fiscal service have already issued 4 administrative reports and opened 5 criminal proceedings. With respect to 14 gas stations, appropriate decisions are being made to discontinue operations. There will be no softening for the illegal gas stations, ”Maksym Kutsyi said.

First Deputy Head of Regional State Administration Vyacheslav Ovechkin said that gas station inspections should be made more efficient and suggested that experts from SES, SASA and state labor should be added to mobile teams.

“It will allow to issue immediately acts on verification and report to the Cabinet of Ministers. Efforts should be coordinated and a representative of the working group should be allocated from each agency. It will be advisable to create 4 mobile working groups that will check the gas stations in the regions. Each such working group will be able to inspect up to 10 objects a day, ”Ovechkin said.

In addition to the quality of fuel and permits, fire safety, traffic management and employment of workers will be checked. The groups will report daily on the progress of audits to the Odesa Regional State Administration.