Ho Chi Minh City authorities on August 25 started inspecting petrol stations because many motorbike owners have suffered from engine failure, and it is suspected that poor-quality gasoline has damaged the rubber fuel valve of the carburetor.
|A person shows the difference between a new rubber fuel valve (L) in the carburetor and a valve swollen by poor-quality gasoline. (Photo: Tuoi Tre)|
The inspection campaign is due to last till September 15, said Mr. Ngo Quy Viet, chief of the Directorate for Standards and Quality of Viet Nam.
It is suspected that some gas stations have been mixing a cheaper substance with petrol to earn more profits.
For the past few weeks, many motorbike owners in Ho Chi Minh City have experienced a displeased fact that some kinds of gasoline made the rubber fuel valve in the carburetor swell, choking the fuel flow.
Mr. Viet said his agency had asked the Ministry of Science and Technology to inspect the petrol quality nationwide to crack down on the people involved.
According to him, a current reality is that it is still difficult for Government inspectors to react timely against fraud cases in which dishonest petrol station owners mix some thing with petrol for more profits, because of a lack of stipulated time for setting up an inspection team.
He added it is also difficult to set up such a team representing enough relevant forces to deal with the cases.
“The Directorate for Standards and Quality has asked the National Assembly Standing Committee to allow the inspectors to penalize the filling station owners on the spot.”
He said the current maximum fine is just VND20 million, not big enough to prevent dishonest people from deceiving petrol users.
“After being fined, they just keep on deceiving for a short time and the profit gained will be enough to cover the penalty. In my opinion, the punishment must be so severe that it can cause bankruptcy or business failure to those people,” said Mr. Viet.
Besides, regulations need to rule that petrol sellers must cover cost when inspectors check the petrol quality and find out some mixture, and the administration agency will bear the cost when no problems are found, he said.