Gasolene retailers welcome Gov't's islandwide petrol test order
The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) says it welcomes the decision of Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell to order testing of samples of petrol across the island.
Paulwell has given Petrojam and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica 24 hours to test samples and submit a report within seven days.
The development follows reports that substandard petrol is being sold at various service stations.
Head of the JGRA, Leonard Green, says he is very concerned about the reports.
He says he supports the testing.
Green says he has received reports from members of the association that the tests are being carried out.
Motorists have been claiming that the bad gas is causing engine damage particularly to newer vehicles equipped with direct injection mechanisms.
Yesterday Paulwell held an emergency meeting with marketing companies, service station operators, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica and the Consumers’ Affairs Commission.
A statement from the energy ministry said at least one major car dealer reported incidence of engine damage, while the Consumer Affairs Commission has confirmed receiving complaints.
Paulwell says while the issue does not appear to be widespread, but insists it must be fixed.