Iran eases petrol ra­tioning for sum­mer hol­i­day travel

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IRAN’S gov­ern­ment is boost­ing the petrol quota for mo­torists un­der its ra­tioning scheme in a one-off move to en­able peo­ple to travel over the sum­mer months, state me­dia has re­ported. Driv­ers of private cars will be al­lowed an ex­tra 100 litres, on top of the 100 litres of petrol they are now lim­ited to each month, state broad­cast­ing said.

It ap­pears that the 100 litres of ad­di­tional petrol is a one-off ges­ture by the Gov­ern­ment to help peo­ple through the sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod, and will not be re­peated.

‘‘ Private cars will re­ceive a max­i­mum of 100 litres for trav­el­ling dur­ing the sum­mer,’’ the state broad­cast­ing web­site cited a state­ment from the gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee over­see­ing the petrol ra­tioning.

‘‘ The aim of this de­ci­sion is to boost the tourist in­dus­try be­cause of the role travel plays in the psy­cho­log­i­cal health of the peo­ple,’’ it says.

Ira­nian fam­i­lies are tra­di­tion­ally in­vet­er­ate trav­ellers over the sum­mer months, driv­ing to re­sorts along the Caspian Sea and his­toric cities to es­cape the worst of the sum­mer heat.

How­ever, many have com­plained this year that their petrol quo­tas are barely suf­fi­cient for travel within Tehran and other cities, rul­ing out hol­i­day trips by private cars.

The an­nounce­ment of the ex­tra petrol comes just ahead of an ex­tended hol­i­day week­end in Iran to cel­e­brate the birth­day of the ‘‘ hid­den’’ 12th imam of Shi’ite Is­lam, when hun­dreds of thou­sands are ex­pected to take the roads.

How­ever, the spokesman of the ra­tioning com­mit­tee urged Ira­ni­ans mod­er­ate in their use of petrol.

‘‘ We urge car own­ers to man­age their con­sump­tion and use pub­lic trans­porta­tion in this great na­tional ef­fort for the suc­cess of petrol ra­tioning in the coun­try,’’ Hamid Reza Ak­bari Moghad­dam said.

Iran, OPEC’s num­ber two oil pro­ducer, in late June fi­nally im­ple­mented a long-awaited plan to ra­tion petrol to de­crease huge state sub­si­dies paid for keep­ing pump prices low.

That an­nounce­ment trig­gered an­gry protests, with demon­stra­tors torch­ing petrol sta­tions and yelling slo­gans against the Gov­ern­ment, but th­ese rapidly pe­tered out. AFP petrol to be

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