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Wheatley says motorists will have to rely on marketers for bad gas compensation

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 10:42 PM
Wheatley: We are in dialogue with the marketing companies and the other players in the industry .

Motorists whose vehicles were damaged by contaminated fuel during the 'Bad Gas Saga' last year may have to rely on marketing companies to decide whether they will be given compensation.

The contaminated fuel entered the market late last year and was said to be a mixture of different types of petrol.

The Consumer Affairs Commission says it has received over 400 complaints of vehicular damage resulting from the bad gas.

Speaking in Parliament today, the Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley said no marketing company can be ordered to give compensation because the 'bad gas' report of a government-appointed committee did not name the companies that sold the fuel.

However, Wheatley said the government is still trying to get some compensation for motorists.

"We are in dialogue with the marketing companies and the other players in the industry even though they are not to be blamed as a goodwill gesture, that they put in place some for of compensation package," he said.

 

Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley

Wheatley said claims filed by motorists who were affected by the bad gas have amounted to some $60 million.

The Government has said it will set up a fuel inspectorate to monitor fuel quality standards in the country.