Sydney service station penalised for breaching Fuel Act

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Media release
20 June 2013

A western Sydney service station, Gas Point Guildford West Pty Ltd, trading as Gas Point Guildford West, was ordered to pay a penalty of $22,500 for breaching the nation’s stringent fuel quality standards.

The Federal Court has ordered the service station operator to pay a penalty for two breaches of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

The court suggested that the penalty would have been significantly higher but for the company’s financial circumstances.

In addition to the penalty, the court also ordered Gas Point Guildford West, to only supply diesel that complies with the standards as set down by the Fuel Quality Standards Act.

The injunction will be in place for two years and the respondent was ordered to pay legal costs to the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

The penalty and injunction were sought after the company was found by the department’s fuel testing team to be continuing to sell non-compliant diesel, despite a written warning and additional education being provided.

Gas Point Guildford West was found to have supplied diesel with up to three times the permissible level of sulfur.

The Australian Government runs a national fuel sampling program to monitor the quality of fuel sold in Australia. Fuels are sampled throughout the supply chain, including at service stations. Suppliers of non-compliant fuel may be prosecuted and/or required by Federal Court injunction to stop selling non-compliant fuel.

For information on the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 please visit:

www.environment.gov.au/atmosphere/fuelquality/index