Gasoline at the gas station is massively underpowered
Shortage of fuel at gas stations amazes with its scope. The audit showed that three-quarters of the petrol stations that passed the test cheat motorists and do not add gasoline. We managed to find this out with the help of specially equipped equipment and a “hitchhiker” driver, although the technique has not yet been officially certified. A total of 34 objects were tested in 13 regions of the country. The divergence between the paid and actually received fuel of more than 1 percent was considered as underfilling.
Underfilling up to 19%
Of all the petrol stations being checked, 20% of large oil companies, 81% of large federal companies and all small and private companies turned out to be unfair. The average percentage of paid, but not poured gasoline - a little more than five. The maximum discrepancy was found in one of the large companies, which did not give the driver 19.03%. Thus, the already increased price of gasoline, in fact, turned out to be even higher: not 44-45, but about 55 rubles per liter.
At this problem is not exhausted. It was found that the quality of the proposed fuel does not meet the standards.According to representatives of the Russian Motorists' Federation, abuses have become possible due to unfair competition. In a published report, in particular, it was stated that the discrepancy between wholesale and retail prices, when the former is higher than the latter, leads to similar frauds.
Vice-President of the Independent Fuel Union Dmitry Gusev acknowledged the existence of the problem. He said that the Union and the Society of Appraisers "Civilian Quality Control of Fuel" is developing an assessment system that allows to identify the discrepancy between the quality and quantity of fuel sold. He said that the fight against such phenomena is one of the tasks of the union. The most important reason for what is happening Dmitriy calls the increase in gasoline prices. In his opinion, until the price is balanced, such facts will continue to exist.
The reasons for the increase in prices
The price of gasoline and diesel began to rise from the beginning of this year. According to statistics, the increase was more than eight percent for each species. According to Sechin, the reason was the depreciation of the ruble and the increase in fuel prices on the world market.In the current situation, the government decided to reduce excise prices and held talks with oil companies to freeze the cost of fuel at the end of May level. These measures should lead, if not to lower prices, then at least to their minimal increase.
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