Greek Cypriot Petrol Stations Are Open

Petrol station owners called off an indefinite strike in the south after the interior minister agreed to review and impose stricter restrictions on licences for new stations.

The petrol station owners want to restrict the number of petrol stations saying that there are over 300 which threatens their viability.

Last Thursday afternoon they announced an all-out indefinite strike, after their peers in the Famagusta district closed their stations because a licence was issued for a new petrol station on the Paralimni-Ayia Napa road. Motorists formed queues to fill up their tanks last Thursday night but operators cancelled their plans, when Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou met with them and agreed to review 29 licences issued over the past two years.

“We will meticulously examine the licences issued recently… wherever there are any irregularities we will also take necessary measures,” Mavrou said.

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