MURIKIRA: How safe is the fuel you feed your car with?

MURIKIRA: How safe is the fuel you feed your car with?

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An attendant fuels a car at a petrol station.

Last week the Energy Regulatory Commission released a ‘name and shame’ list of petrol stations selling adulterated fuel to unsuspecting motorists.

Mombasa County had the highest number of stations in the list with 6 appearing in the list.

The stations that did appear on the list were Al-Mursalat in Jomvu, Bassawad and Swafaa in Kisauni, Liwatoni in Ganjoni Eagle in Likoni and Gateway inn in Miritini.

Most of this stations were found selling super petrol and diesel that had been diluted with Kerosene with other selling super petrol that was meant to be exported.

With the worrying trend, unscrupulous filling station owners selling contaminated fuel to unsuspecting motorists how do you ensure that you do not fall victim and save yourself an expensive visit to the garage?

Here are the few pointers that might help you avoid buying adulterated fuel.

Buying petrol from branded resellers

Most branded petrol stations are required to adhere to a set of rules and code of ethics set by the brand and therefore most petrol stations owners follow the set code of conduct to avoid penalties.

However this is not a sure method as in the past several branded resellers run by unscrupulous individuals have been caught selling adulterated fuel.

Keeping receipts from fuel purchases

Most petrol stations in Kenya do not issue receipts to motorists unless requested.

Requesting and keeping fuel purchase receipts can help you claim for damages should your engine develop complications caused by adulterated fuel.