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March 26, 2003

AUSTRALIA: Victoria to introduce manadatory ethanol content labels on petrol pumps

The Victorian government has announced that the state would be the first in Australia to introduce mandatory labelling of ethanol content in fuel, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Victorian consumer affairs minister John Lenders told AAP that from May 1, petrol stations would be required to disclose fuel's ethanol content at the pump.

By bcusack

The Victorian government has announced that the state would be the first in Australia to introduce mandatory labelling of ethanol content in fuel, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Victorian consumer affairs minister John Lenders told AAP that from May 1, petrol stations would be required to disclose fuel’s ethanol content at the pump.

Labels will state whether ethanol content is up to a maximum of 10%, or more than 10%, the report said.

According to AAP, ethanol has been promoted as an octane enhancer and clean additive to fuel, but in concentrations of more than 10% is reported to damage vehicles’ engines and fuel systems.

AAP said that, under the new laws, petrol stations caught selling fuel without ethanol content labels will face fines of up to $A60,000, or $25,000 fines for individuals.

Lenders told AAP that Consumer Affairs Victoria would police the system with random tests across the state.

He added that the state government had decided to act after the federal government failed to regulate ethanol content, AA said.

He said the federal government should implement a 10% cap on ethanol in fuel, the AAP report said.

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