The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, JGRA, is calling on the government to implement a licensing regime for multinational petroleum marketing companies doing business in the island.

The President of the JGRA, Leonard Green, says such a regime is needed urgently to ensure stability in the local energy sector.

Mr. Green says the absence of a licensing regime allows companies such as RUBIS Energy to ride roughshod over local gasoline retailers.

Mr. Green claims that RUBIS has been issuing one year franchise licenses to dealers in its network of service stations.

He says those contracts are not bankable and could cause many local dealers to run into default.

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Mr. Green says the JGRA has been rebuffed in its attempts to meet with the RUBIS management.

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Mr. Green says efforts by some government officials to build a bridge between RUBIS and its dealers, have also failed.

That’s why he’s urging the Government to implement Fair Contract laws similar to those in Canada.

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When our newscenter contacted the head of retail at RUBIS, Raymond Samuels, he said the company will issue a statement in response to the claims made by the JGRA.

Up to news time that statement had not been received.