IPRA launches quality assurance scheme in Meath
The scheme provides consumers with confidence that the fuel they are purchasing meets the current Irish road fuels specification
10 December 2014
The Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) launched a quality assurance scheme (QA) for local petrol retailers in Navan, County Meath on the 8 December 2014.
David Blevings, spokesperson for the IPRA said: “We are delighted with the take up of the QA scheme in Meath. The scheme offers consumers’ the satisfaction in knowing that retailers who display the QA sign at their forecourt are part of an independent scheme which provides consumers with confidence that the fuel they are purchasing meets the current Irish road fuels specification”.
Last year Government gave new tools to Revenue to tackle the curse of fuel abuse which has been welcomed by the legitimate trade. Abused fuel is usually agricultural diesel (that attracts a lower excise rate) which has the dye removed and is sold on as legitimate road diesel. While many believe this product is suitable for road use the reality is that adulterated fuel can cause major problems with diesel cars due to the residue left in the fuel as a result of the laundering process.
Early indications are that this has curbed the availability of agricultural gasoil being made available for ‘laundering’. However, a new threat has appeared in the form of ‘petrol stretching’ which has seen many motorists’ left with hefty repair bills after damage to car engines”.
“To help address this problem we are launching a Quality Assurance Scheme for IPRA retail members which means that the retailers who display our QA logo verify their supplier(s) and sign up to a random testing protocol for their fuel.
“Our message is clear – make sure you are using a retailer who is part of a Quality Assurance Scheme. Our scheme has already received the backing of SIMI and IRHA as a positive initiative and will be offered to retail stations across the country,” added David.
The Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) is the industry body representing the interests of over 500 independent petrol retailers in Ireland.