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IV-standard gas looks OK to inspectors

THOSE problems with Shanghai's new IV-standard gasoline that some drivers are complaining about?

The quality-control authorities don't see them.

Officials from the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said they tested samples of the pollution-cutting gasoline from two Sinopec production plants in Shanghai, and found no problems with the fuel.

They are still testing gasoline from local gas stations, however. They said those results should be announced by the end of the month.

The tested gasoline came from Sinopec's Gaoqiao and Jinshan plants.

"Most gasoline in the city market is produced in the two plants," said Shen Weimin, bureau deputy director.

The bureau has also taken samples from 100 gas stations, including Sinopec and PetroChina stations, Shen said.

Many drivers have gone to the Internet to complain that, when using the gasoline, their cars are hard to start or that their engines vibrate when the car is backing up.

"We have discussed with some experts, and they said the problems may be caused by the vehicles' functions," said Shen.

He suggested that drivers get their cars checked out at the Shanghai Vehicle Testing Center in Jiading District.

Shen also said the bureau's complaint hotline 12365 had received almost no complaints about the new gasoline. Neither had the Shanghai Commission of Consumers' Rights and Interests Protection.

"The Beijing IV-standard gasoline was put in operation last year, and few bad reports were received," he said. "Thus we reckon the problems are also relevant to different people's different feelings."

The Shanghai IV-standard gasoline reduces the content of toxic materials such as benzene, manganese, olefins and particularly sulfur.

The new fuel will cut pollution an estimated 10 to 15 percent over the previous generation.


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