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Surge in ‘dodgy’ fuel reports across Victoria

Neil Mitchell
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Polluted fuel appears to be circulating in Victoria.

Neil Mitchell noticed an unusual surge in the number of listeners contacting him to say they’d filled up with contaminated fuel, so he put the call out on air for others to come forward — and he was inundated with calls.

“Maybe it’s a dodgy batch, maybe it’s the weather  — there’s been a lot of rain up north where a lot of the fuel comes from … I don’t know. I’m not saying it’s a deliberate pollution of the fuel, not for a moment,” the 3AW Mornings host said.

Contaminated fuel can cause major vehicle issues, leaving motorists with huge repair bills.

Listeners have reported both contaminated petrol and diesel.

Melanie filled up at a “very well-known petrol station” in Pakenham last week and suspects she received contaminated fuel.

Meanwhile, listeners as far apart as Warrnambool and Maryborough have experienced problems after filling up with diesel.

Press PLAY below to hear from listeners who’ve filled up with dodgy fuel

Owner of Dyna Fuels Australia, Ken Gracey, says contaminated fuel problems have “escalated probably in the last three months”, and both petrol and diesel are affected.

“It’s a combination of both. There’s a lot of dodgy diesel around, with water in it, that’s causing massive engine damage to cars,” he told Neil Mitchell.

Mr Gracey says there are allegations some of the fuel in flood affected parts of Queensland and New South Wales has been shipped down to Victoria.

“I can’t say … it’s true, but it’s just what the rumour mill is telling people,” he said.

Press PLAY below to hear what Mr Gracey believes could be behind the surge in dodgy fuel

Neil Mitchell