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Diesel vehicle owners should check if their engine is designed for low sulphur, and make sure garages are not ripping them off by selling cheaper standard diesel at clean diesel prices, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) warned yesterday.
"It remains a concern that, despite government legislation, many filling stations still do not display legally prescribed labelling to indicate the maximum sulphur level of the diesel fuel on sale," said Stuart Rayner, chairman of Naamsa's Fuel and Emissions Committee.
Two grades of diesel were legislated by the Minerals and Energy Department last year - "standard" which has a maximum sulphur level of 500 parts per million (labelled 0,05 diesel) and "clean" with a maximum of 50 parts per million sulphur (labelled 0,005).
Low sulphur diesel was introduced to accommodate new 4x4s and other diesel vehicles designed to run on cleaner fuel.
Government sets the wholesale price of diesel once a month, with low sulphur more expensive. This month's Gauteng wholesale price of standard diesel is R6,79 versus R6,82 for clean diesel.
November's fuel prices will be announced tomorrow, with diesel likely to go up on Wednesday.
Unlike petrol where the retail price is prescribed, garages are allowed to compete for diesel business by adding their own profit margin to the wholesale price.
"Motorists must first look to the fuel pump sulphur level label rather than the plethora of marketing claims when choosing a quality diesel fuel," Rayner said.
A list of fuel companies and filling stations supplying sub 0,005 diesel is on the Naamsa website at www.naamsa.co.za/unleaded/diesel.htm - Staff Reporter