Some service stations which were overcharging fuel have had their licences withdrawn by the government.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said to protect the public, Cabinet resolved to “vigorously” enforce regulations which outlaw the three-tier pricing system and sanction those found on the wrong side of the law.

“Government has withdrawn licences of some fuel service stations caught engaging in irregular trade practices.  Government also observed that the availability of fuel had significantly improved amid high hopes that the situation should normalise in a few days’ time. Cabinet, once again wishes to reaffirm its commitment to bringing normalcy to the situation as soon as possible.”

Energy Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said Glow Petroleum had three of its service stations shut down for overcharging.

“Overcharging was the main reason for closing those service stations. ZERA regulates the prices of diesel and petrol and if you overcharge you get disciplined. This is really what happened. They got punished because they were charging above the recommended prices.”