In Taipei City, one privately owned gasoline station, under the CPC Corporation’s operation league, was found to add over 10% methanol in order to decrease material costs. Taichung City Government received people’s appeals and Mayor Hu demanded an overall investigation for gasoline stations in the city. The Department of Economic Development, which is the controlling unit for gasoline sales, worked with the Industrial Technology Research Institute today (Dec. 6th) to check the gasoline in 5 stations, which were impeached by the public, and 2 other stations, randomly selected by the Government. The results were good for all stations, having passed the standard requirements.
During past weeks, one private gasoline station in Taipei City was found to sell gasoline with added methanol, which will damage the engines of motor bikes and automobiles, threaten people’s safety, and produce air pollution. Today, the Department of Economic Development cooperated with gasoline testing teams to hold an investigation into the stations, which had received complaints. The first station was Shuinan Station, No.90 ChungChing Rd., researchers from the Industrial Technology Research Institute found 92%, 95%, and 98% gasoline, and diesel. The sample was bottled and tested by Infra-Red Spectrophotometer to check the Octane level and sulfuric content.
Division Head Huang, from the Department of Economic Development, expressed that 111 gas stations in Taichung City accepted irregular checks of equipment by the Government to protect consumers’ rights, and were tested for gasoline quality by the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs once per year, and by CPC and Formosa every 3 months.。
According to Huang, before the scandal of gasoline quality in Taipei City, the Taichung City Government had completed sampling tests for 103 gas stations, which were proved to meet the national standard for their gas products. However, in response to the public’s appeal, the Government investigated the stations in doubt, and obtained good results regarding quality.
In order to protect consumers, the City Government will have a regular testing, and enforce Paragraph 3 of Article 47 of Petroleum Management Code and will fine those stations breaking the laws NT 100 to 500 thousand dollars, any stations found to commit major faults, involving public danger, will have their license withdrawn. All gasoline businesses shall have strict controls on their gasoline quality in order to protect safety and consumers’ rights, as well as follow regulations.