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Possible Petrol Contamination in UK 1 March 2007

The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is monitoring the petrol contamination allegations being raised in the United Kingdom.

The Trading Standards authorities in the South East of the United Kingdom have received about 100 complaints alleging that cars are not running properly as a result of being filled with contaminated petrol.

Trading Standards Officers are investigating these complaints and samples from some of the affected cars are being tested for contamination, as are the contents of the pumps from which petrol was drawn.

The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading would advise all motorists to keep petrol station receipts so that if a problem does occur the motorist can show where fuel was purchased and from which pump the fuel was dispensed. Anyone concerned that their car is not running properly as a result of being filled with contaminated petrol should ask the garage attending to the fault to take a sample of the fuel in the tank if there is any suggestion that the fuel may be at fault. This sample should be kept safely in case it is needed in making a claim for compensation at a later date.

The Office can confirm that Trading Standards Officers in the UK have concluded that the problem appears to be restricted to unleaded petrol only.

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