Digitization may close gas stations

By Anh Minh   November 17, 2023 | 06:16 pm PT
Digitization may close gas stations
An employee updates gasoline prices at a fuel station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tung
Gasoline retailers might have to shut down if they are forced to rapidly transition from paper to digital bills without enough time, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

In order to comply with a new Ministry of Finance regulation, around 1,500 gasoline stations will have to be using electric bills by the first quarter next year otherwise they will not be given business permits, the industry ministry estimated.

Although electric bills are necessary, the process costs businesses time and money, so the ministry has proposed that the businesses that operate these stations be given a year to make the transition, while during that year still being able to operate normally.

The 1,500 stations it mentioned are those with business permits soon to expire. They thus need to apply for new permits in the first quarter next year.

Overall, there are 17,000 gasoline retailers across the country and those in cities will need to make the transition next year, while those in the mountainous and remote areas will have two years to complete the task.

So far only Petrolimex has completed the transition on its 2,700 fuel pumps. Other major distributors such as PV Oil and Mipecorp are still in the process of transitioning.

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