Taxi drivers in Johor call for more NGV stations
The United Taxi Association of Johor Baru (Gapet) has called on the government to increase the number of petrol stations offering Natural Gas for Vehicles (NGV) in the state capital. This was following a lack of compressed natural gas (CNG) in the city after there was a leak at one of Petronas’ main pipeline for the fuel’s supply on Sunday. Gapet president Raja Mohd Nor Mohamad said for the past three days, many taxi drivers with NGV tanks had to refuel in petrol stations away from the city, such as in Kulai district. He said many taxi drivers made a beeline in Kulai petrol stations. Raja Mohd Nor said there are three stations in Kulai district, including one near the Senai International Airport, that provides CNG. “There are currently no petrol stations in Bukit Indah, Taman Mutiara Rini and Skudai that provide the NGVs. “Over the past three days, since the main pipeline was detected to be leaking, most of the pumps that offer the fuel were either closed or there was a long queue,” Raja Mohd said. Gapet, which is a combination of 21 taxi associations, has some 3,000 members. Meanwhile, State Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry director Nor Nekman Jaimon said the main pipeline in Ulu Tiram was detected to be leaking on Sunday at about 1pm. “Petronas is carrying out repair works which is expected to be completed by Thursday evening (tomorrow). “Till then, we advice taxi drivers to either use petrol as their vehicles should have dual tanks. Or they can go to the 11 Petronas stations, located in areas in Senai and further north, which still offers the fuel for NGVs,” he said.