The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) demanded yesterday that all of the nation’s 2,650 gas stations be inspected after a random check by the commission on 26 stations showed that a number of gas pumps were leaking.
The commission found that 13 fuel dispensers at 11 of the stations it checked were leaking, a situation that could endanger public safety, commission official Wu Cheng-hsueh (吳政學) said.
The commission demanded that the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Energy Bureau check all gas stations as soon as possible.
The Cabinet-level commission conducted its inspection in October and last month, after it received a complaint about a gasoline leak at a self-service station.
The commission also asked for the installation of shut-off buttons, especially as nozzles at three of the checked stations had hold-open levers, which might leak fuel if not closed properly, Wu said.
The bureau said in response that all the problematic pumps discovered by the CPC had passed a Dec. 9 inspection.