Friday 19 July, 2019

Khan: Imported fuel not to blame for car fires

File photo.

File photo.

As questions continue to be raised in the public domain over the quality of fuel now being offered at service stations across the country, motorists are being assured that recent incidents in which cars caught afire could not have been the result of the fuel quality.

In fact, these fires are likely to have been caused by poor vehicle maintenance.

That was the response from Energy Minister Franklin Khan who when asked in the Parliament on Monday about any investigation into the quality of the fuel imported by the Paria Fuel Trading Company assured that all the products imported have met and in many cases exceeded the contractual specifications for motor vehicle fuels set out by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS).

The Minister further assured that the imported fuel offered at service stations undergoes a series of rigorous testing to ensure that it is of the best quality.

“All of Paria’s cargos and products are fully tested at the load point and these tests are witnessed by independent inspectors.

The results of these tests are provided to Paria for review prior to discharge of all cargos.

The products are again tested at the Guaracara laboratory with tests again being witnessed by an independent inspector. To date all the products imported have met and in many cases exceeded the contractual specifications.”

He noted that the TTBS was quoted in a daily newspaper has having said that the car fires were “very likely” to do with the poor maintenance practices of the vehicle owner.

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