The sale of recycled 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.
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. In absence of paraffine, they use kerosene oil to adulterate the engine oils.
The use of recycled base oil is harmful for the lifetime of the vehicle engine. Only for the low prices, these least quality lubricants have been swayed by the market.
Many drivers of buses, trucks, and motorbikes complained about engine trouble after using sub-standard products from unreliable sources.
Abdul Mazid, in-charge of a filling station at Baghabarighat in Shahzadpur union of Sirajganj district, said the drivers are more willing to use lower-priced engine oil. Because of huge demand, we are more willing to sell those less priced engine oil.
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.
Widespread irregularities have pushed down the engine oil sales of the popular brands by 12% in 2016-17. Few private refineries are illegally involved in blending such sub-standard oils in this market.
“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.