The sale of substandard engine oils, especially by the names of popular brands, continues with the authorities taking no steps to check the unscrupulous business by a section of oil traders.
Widespread irregularities have pushed down the engine oil sales of popular brands by 12% in 2016-17.
Few private refineries are illegally involved in blending such sub-standard oils in this market.
Sources said that engine oils are adulterated in two ways. Mostly, unscrupulous traders mix paraffine with recycled oils collected from the marine and various manufacturing industries.
Sometimes, they use kerosene oil to adulterate the engine oils.
Only for the low prices, these least quality lubricants have been swayed by the market. However, the use of recycled base oil is harmful to the lifetime of the vehicle engine.
Many drivers of buses, trucks, and motorbikes are facing trouble with their engine after using sub-standard products from unreliable sources.
We have talked with several filling stations at Baghabarighat in Shahzadpur union of Sirajganj district. They said the drivers are more willing to use lower-priced engine oil.
That is why the local filling stations are more interested to sell those less priced engine oil. They are not concern about the quality of the engine oil.
On the other hand, no administration is solely responsible for controlling this adulteration rather than a few raids by the special mobile court. There are no visible activities of any institutions in checking the malpractice.
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is aware of this illicit practice but they are yet to permanently stop the trade of impure engine oil sold throughout the nations.
“Few raids by the special magistrate court has somewhat decreased the adulteration of engine oils. Still, this trend of illegal oil manufacturing continues and the original brands are facing troubles in the market,” BPC officials said.
The government should strictly monitor all of the private oil blending plants and its distribution policy.