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Red gas cylinders will no longer be available next year

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Economy Ministry has decided to extend the time red gas cylinders will remain in open trade until January 1, 2014. After this period ends, the ministry will be withdrawing such cylinders that do not have a specific Π marking from circulation and replacing them.

It will be done to secure a clear and gradual withdrawal of gas cylinders that do not meet the European Union’s safety requirements out of circulation without creating additional expenses for traders and consumers, Economy Ministry informed BNN.

The status of the 50 litre refillable gas cylinders, produced during the time of the Soviet Union according to GOST technical requirements, is considered unsafe and inappropriate for EU safety requirements. These cylinders are subject to remodelling. This applies to all gas cylinders produced before July 1, 2003.

This is why the Cabinet of Ministers made a decision in relation to the withdrawal of all gas cylinders that do not meet EU safety requirements starting from January 1, 2013.

The Economy Ministry has developed appropriate conditions in the proposed amendments. All gas cylinders released in circulation starting with January 1, 2013 will need to adhere to these rules.

At the same time, the ministry proposes for cylinders that do not have specific marking, but are supposed to undergo an annual technical inspection in 2013, not to undergo technical inspection, thereby ensuring a gradual withdrawal of cylinders that do not adhere to the new requirements.

It is also planned to prohibit balloon inspection institutions to perform technical inspections of gas cylinders that do not have specific marking. Traders will need to withdraw them from circulation and offer consumers gas cylinders that adhere to the new requirements.

Transition period amendments do not strictly regulate the ownership issue, allowing residents to remain as owners or rent it from a trader, paying for its contents.

BNN previously reported that Latvia and Lithuania currently have legal circulation of large volume (50 litres) gas cylinders. It should be added that the EU largely employs 27 litre gas cylinders.

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