Tanker group blocks distribution of motor fuels in dispute

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad says workmen have finished a retention wall along national Ruta 217 in Alajuelita. The route goes to Poás de Aserrí . The washout was blamed on a geological fault and weather. The cost was 185 million colons, about $370,000. Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo

More than 100 tanker truck drivers blocked the delivery section of the national petroleum refinery Monday in a dispute over permits and old vehicles.

The Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía said the strike was without justification. Some 602 tankers have completed forms and are not involved in the dispute.

The ministry’s Dirección de Transporte y Comercialización de
Combustibles requires registration of the tankers. In addition, older tankers may not be allowed to be used in the country.

The strike raised fears that motorists might not be able to find fuel. Some drivers were at the local stations Monday filling up in anticipation of a long confrontation between the drivers and the ministry.

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo is a state monopoly, and all motor fuel comes from its plants. The ministry may take some action today.

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