Refueling fuel, gas station – illustrative photo.
Prague – The Czech Trade Inspection (ČOI) assessed approximately 0.7 percent of the samples taken as unsatisfactory during last year's fuel quality controls. Last year, the result of the inspections was the same. Last year, the inspection prohibited the sale of fuel worth more than two million crowns in seven cases. It follows from the inspection data.
For the whole of last year, the inspection took 2,545 samples of gasoline, diesel fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) at gas stations throughout the territory of the Czech Republic. 18 samples did not meet the established quality requirements, which was a share of 0.7 percent. The year before last, 19 samples did not comply.
ČOI imposed sales bans in a total of seven cases. It was a total of 48,352 liters of fuel worth more than 2.04 million crowns. In most cases, it was diesel. The inspection found the most of them during August and September.
The inspection found the largest number of satisfactory cases for diesel fuel. Out of a total of 1204 samples taken, 12 samples did not meet the standards. For gasoline, ČOI assessed a total of five samples out of 1,000 as non-compliant. Inspections of liquefied LPG gas showed one non-compliant sample out of 301 inspections. For compressed CNG gas, the inspection found no faults in 40 samples. The inspection also examined the proportion of bio-components in diesel and petrol. It did not detect any exceeding of the permissible upper limit of ethanol or methyl esters of fatty acids.
The Czech Trade Inspection has been monitoring the quality of fuel since 2001. In the first years of inspections, the inspection declared more than a tenth of the inspected samples as non-compliant. However, the share of low-quality fuels is gradually decreasing. In the last four years, it has remained below the one percent threshold.