Government takes fuel quality seriously

A service station in Western Sydney has been ordered to pay $22,500 for breaching the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

This payment will be made to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

The Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 was designed to regulate fuel quality across the nation to reduce fuel emissions and pollutants that harm the environment and cause health problems.

It is also in place to keep the nation informed about the fuel they are being provided with, and to support the development of improved engine and emission control technologies.

There is currently talk of an addition to the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, which would see more stringent regulations applying to diesel biodiesel blend (B20) automotive fuel.

Submissions concerning the introduction of this standard are currently being considered.

Gas Point Guildford West Pty Ltd, the service station that was fined, was also ordered to only supply diesel that complies with the standards outlined in the act.

The company's two breaches were discovered by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities' fuel-testing team.

This team, supported by the government, samples fuel being sold all over Australia to make sure it continues to meet quality standards.

They test fuel at every stage of the supply chain, ending with service stations.

Gas Point Guildford West had previously been given a written warning and education about their non-compliant diesel, but had continued to sell it anyway.

This non-compliant diesel contained almost three times "the permissible level of sulfur".

It is good to see that the government is taking the quality of fuel seriously and doing its bit to manage fuel emissions.

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