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Illegal trade of diesel in Dubai exposed
Saif Al Falasi, group CEO, Enoc

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Published: Mon 27 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 28 Jul 2015, 3:26 AM

Agents and companies involved in the illegal trade of diesel in the Dubai were nailed red-handed in a joint sting operation carried out by different Dubai government entities. The operation was part of an ongoing joint inspection campaign that was announced earlier this year.
Ahmad Bahrozyan, CEO of the Licensing Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) - one of the entities involved in the sting operation - said: "The daily vehicle inspection campaigns by the RTA constitute a very important part of its efforts towards controlling and issuing violations against illegal activities. The team is present at eight vital locations across Dubai, in addition to the dedicated land plot at Al Hubab area for vehicle impoundment. The RTA strives to cooperate with all government entities, each according to its respective jurisdiction, by taking part in similar inspection campaigns.
"The joint committee hopes to control the irregularities and contraventions in the diesel trading sector, which fully supports the UAE cabinet decision to use the new, low-sulphur diesel."
Saif Al Falasi, group CEO, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), said: "As the first country in the region to approve the standards of diesel, it is imperative that we take strict measures to ensure compliance with the highest levels of safety, quality and commitment to environmental standards. Undoubtedly, close cooperation between Enoc and the different government entities will help regulate the oil derivatives market and limit illicit activities that have negative implications on the country's economy, the environment and public health."
The joint inspection campaign is being conducted by entities like the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma), Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police.
Since the creation of the committee, four sting operations have been undertaken, which exposed the illegal trade of diesel that does not comply with industry standards and specifications.
Violations include trading without obtaining necessary permits from the authorities concerned in the emirate and non-compliance with the trading activities prescribed by the trade licence.
Alia Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, said: "The campaign has been successful due to the concerted efforts of the participating entities, including Dubai Municipality, as they bear the responsibility of inspecting and controlling industrial and service facilities within the boundaries of Dubai."
The committee decided to take joint measures following the activation of the UAE Federal Cabinet Decision No. 37 of 2013 that requires traders and agents working in this sector to fully commit to the countries laws and legislations.
The sting operations will continue until all companies active in this vital sector adhere to the related laws and regulations.

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