18% of gas stations found to have “irregularities” in quantity, quality of fuels


January 29th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Sixty-two of the 346 gas stations in Costa Rica, or 18%, were found to have irregularities in the quantity or quality of the fuel they sell according to a recent study by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESEP).


Of a total of 85 irregularities identified by ARESEP, 40 were in respect to non-compliance in respect to the quantity of fuel dispensed, while the other 45 were in respect to the quality of the fuel.


The report indicates that stations in Alajuela, Puntarenas, San José and Cartago have the most problems.


In terms of quality, the detection of water, sediments, and higher-than-allowed sulfur content were some of the problems reported.


The number of irregularities found by ARESEP has increased each year since 2011.

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