Filling stations in Dundalk and around the county are backing a new Quality Assurance Scheme which has been launched by the Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA).
The idea of the scheme is to ensure that motorists are getting legitimate clean fuel and also to make life harder for criminal fuel-launderling gangs operating along the border.
Larry Muckian, whose business is based at Oriel Park on the Carrick Road, said the beach flags that fly the quality logo at participating stations, will help motorists recognise retailers who a re responding to their demands for a clear indication as to what fuel is safe for their vehicles and is legal.
Participating garages have signed up to random and independent testing to ensure that their fuel meets official government specifications. Customers will also be able to check, via a smartphone ap, which garages have signed up.
Labour TD Ged Nash said it is a very simple scheme, “but I believe it will be very effective”.
“Fuel laundering is a scourge in our society. It destroys our environment, wrecks cars, steals from the taxpayer and provides a ready income to criminals many of whom are associated with republican paramilitaries. I have raised this issue many times and will continue to do so until it is eliminated.”