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ERC urges motorist to keep receipts in dirty fuel fight - 9 months ago, 23 June 11:34

Neville Otuki

The energy regulator has advised motorists to obtain cash receipts or retain mobile payment confirmation notification to enable it build cases against petrol station owners in case of fuel adulteration.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has given the directive amid rising cases where rogue traders blend low-cost kerosene with diesel to achieve higher margins.

“Motorists who experience jerking, loss of engine power and excessive smoke from the vehicles' exhaust after refuelling are urged to immediately report the matter to the Commission through [email protected] or hotline numbers 0708444000 or 0709336000,” the ERC said in a notice.

Besides damaging vehicle's, contamination of fuel is blamed for revenue loss as the unscrupulous traders target petroleum meant for neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda in a bid to evade taxes.

The long-running practice has failed to disappear despite past ERC attempts including sting raids on petrol stations and hefty fines on culprits.

Kerosene is currently priced Sh19 below ...
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