Shri Ganesh Associates Pty Ltd ordered to stop supplying

Department of the Environment

Media release
31 October 2013

Fast and Ezy service station in Liverpool NSW, operated by Shri Ganesh Associates Pty Ltd, has had a two-year injunction imposed by the Federal Court to restrain the sale of diesel that does not comply with the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

The Court found that that Shri Ganesh Associates Pty Ltd contravened s12AA of the Act by supplying diesel that did not comply with the Fuel Standard (Automotive Diesel) Determination 2001 on 5 February and 29 April 2013.

The injunction was sought by the Australian Government Department of the Environment who administer the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, after testing found the diesel supplied had a flash point temperature lower than 61.5 °C.

The Department took this action after Shri Ganesh Associates Pty Ltd continued to supply diesel with a low flash point despite a warning letter and further site inspections.

Flash point determines the temperature at which a fuel vapour will ignite in the presence of oxygen and an ignition source. Low flash point may result in pre-ignition and engine run-on causing poor fuel combustion and an increase in pollution. It can also lead to a fire or explosion that may result in harm or death.

It is an offence under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 to supply fuel that does not meet the national fuel quality standards.

The Australian Government regularly monitors the quality of fuel sold in Australia to safeguard motorists and protect the environment. Australia’s fuel quality standards are designed to make our transport fuels among the cleanest in the world.

The Department of the Environment runs a fuel quality monitoring programme that includes fuel testing, to monitor the quality of fuel supplied in Australia under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

This programme aims to protect the environment and is different in purpose and separate from the state and territory laws and agencies that focus on consumer protection.