New LPG code to strengthen monitoring of distributors

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am

LPG distributors may have to submit their customers' records to gas suppliers for safety checks under a proposed code of practice.

They may be restricted to representing just one liquefied petroleum gas company, eliminating multi-brand distributorship as suppliers believe in the case of accidents such a system would hinder identifying responsibility.

Yesterday, the Gas Safety Advisory Committee agreed that a new code of practice should be drafted to strengthen monitoring of LPG distributors.

It proposed that the multi-brand distributors and sub-dealer networks be eliminated since many of their services were unsatisfactory.

All gas contractors must be registered to ensure provision of proper technical services and safety checks every 18 months.

LPG suppliers said it was difficult for them to control safety standards due to a lack of customer records. The proposal required distributors to provide their customer database.

Delivery of LPG must be made directly by distributors' trained staff. Distributors would receive warning letters or face suspension if they violated the code.

Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Petroleum Dealers, Tung June-hsi, said a customer database was an asset for distributors. 'If the suppliers are upset with us, they could steal our customers.'