989 price violations were found, of which 341 for non-disclosure or non-compliance of the prices charged
January 31, 2023
During the month of January they were carried out by the Guardia di Finanza sweep checks to monitor petrol prices.
After the non-renewal of the cut in excise duties, with the consequent increase in the average price of fuel, the Fiamme Gialle carried out over 2,500 interventions, disputing 989 violations of price regulations, of which 341 for failure to display and/or discrepancies in the prices charged with respect to those indicated and 648 for failure to notify the ministry.
The disputes were carried out precisely on what the decree on transparency in force exactly from mid-January has. The data was provided by the colonel Alberto Nastasia, head of the Office for the protection of exits and markets of the General Command of the Guardia di Finanza, heard in hearing by the Production Activities Commission of the Chamber which is examining the legislative decree After the directives given by the government, Nastasia clarified, a “further intensification” of controls has been ordered, in addition to the one that led in 2022 to quantify the “evaded excise duty” on fuel at over 450 million euros. In fact, 2,514 interventions were carried out on excise duties and VAT last year, detecting 1,084 violations (43% of checks) and referring 866 subjects to the competent judicial authority, 15 of whom were arrested.
The Codacons comments: “The numbers of the Guardia di Finanza ascertain how it is essential to guarantee motorists greater transparency in terms of prices at the pump, and how it is necessary to increase the penalties against incorrect petrol stations because those currently in force tickle the managers and do not represent an adequate deterrent “. The National Union of Consumers is also substantially on the same line: “The fact that 39.3% of petrol station attendants were fined, despite being under observation in January, attests to the widespread diffusion of irregularities. – states the association – That’s why it borders on the ridicule that now the Government, instead of tripling them, lowers the fines for those who do not communicate the prices to the ministry or display them differently”
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