Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has instructed Petrojam, in collaboration with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, to undertake sample testing of petrol dispensed by all service stations across Jamaica as of today, and to return the test findings to the ministry within 24 hours.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the minister’s directive followed an emergency meeting with marketing companies, service station operators, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and the Consumer Affairs Commission, yesterday.

The meeting was called to address complaints from some motorists that sup-standard petrol was being sold at some petrol stations and the use of this bad gas resulted in engine damage particularly to newer engines equipped with direct injection mechanisms.
At least one major car dealer reported incidence of engine damage caused by the use of substandard petrol, while the Consumer Affairs Commission confirmed a “few complaints” in recent weeks.

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