1.4 million fine to pap oil for poor quality petrol

(Prague, September 4, 2013) General Inspectorate of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority decided about the appeal of the company PAP OIL čerpací stanice, s.r.o. against a fine amounting to 1,500,000 CZK imposed for repeatedly detected sale of poor quality petrol at its filling station in Černošín. The Director General of the CTIA Vladimír Velčovský reduced the fine amount to 1,400,000 CZK after having considered the company’s objections. It is the highest fine lawfully imposed for sale of poor quality fuels in 2013.

The Director of the Plzeňský and Karlovarský Inspectorate of the CTIA imposed the fine to the company PAP OIL čerpací stanice, s.r.o., seated in Drnovská Street 1042/28, Prague 6, after results of laboratory analysis of two collected samples of petrol BA SUPER 95 proved violation of quality as stipulated in a technical standard, namely breaches of various parameters. Poor quality samples were collected at the PAP OIL filling station in Černošín on February 26, 2013, and again on March 3, 2013. The body of first instance, i.e. the regional inspectorate of the CTIA, imposed a fine amounting to 1,500,000 CZK for violation of the Act on Fuels (section 3, par. 1 of the Act No. 311/2006 Coll.).

The company PAP POIL appealed against the decision of the Plzeňský and Karlovarský Inspectorate and against the amount of the fine. After having considered the provided written materials, the body of appeal – the Director General of the CTIA – did not find any procedural defects in the previous proceedings and stated that the administrative body of first instance made no mistake even when carrying out legal evaluation of the issue and recognized that the inspected company committed the above mentioned administrative delicts that were undoubtedly proven. Despite this fact the body of appeal found reasons for reduction of the imposed fine. The Director General decided that the fine would be reduced to 1,400,000 CZK. The decision came into force on September 2, 2013.

Detected breaches of quality of fuel samples collected at ČS PAP OIL in Černošín:
The company breached section 3 par. 1 of the Act on Fuels by selling the fuel type BA 95 SUPER that failed the requirements for quality according to ČSN EN 228 (2009) – BS, namely the indicator “distillation test – end of distillation” (270.3°C was detected despite the acceptable value is 214°C when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account), “motor octane number” (84 detected despite minimal required value is 84.5 when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account), “research octane number” (93.9 detected despite minimal required value is 94.6 when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account).

The same workplace „čerpací stanice PAP OIL“ in Černošín again sold the fuel type BA 95 Super that failed the quality requirements according to ČSN EN 228 (2009) – BS, namely the indicator “distillation test – end of distillation” (229.7°C was detected despite acceptable value is 214°C when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account), “motor octane number” (84,2 detected despite minimal required value is 84.5 when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account), “research octane number” (94.4 detected despite minimal required value is 94.6 when uncertainty of measurement is taken into account).

You can download the complete decision in pdf HERE.

Spokesperson of the CTIA will provide further information on mluvci@coi.cz or on the phone number 731 553 922.


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