| LONDON, July 9
LONDON, July 9 An investigation into hundreds of
car breakdowns across Britain last year has narrowed the cause
to diesel from three storage terminals in northeast England, the
British Standard Institute said on Wednesday.
However, an industry task force set up by the BSI earlier
this year found no evidence that the filter-blocking incidents
were caused by Russian diesel or additives, as initially
The BSI said it will introduce in the autumn mandatory
screening of diesel for "filter blocking tendency." Such
screening has helped to reduce the number of incidents.
Hundreds of diesel-fueled cars broke down late last year,
mainly in northeast England and Scotland, when gel-like
substance blocked their engine filters. Vehicle-recovery
services and the refining industry suspected fuel-quality issues
related to cold weather.
Members of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) -
BP, Essar, Esso, Shell, Phillipps 66
, Total and Valero - began voluntarily
screening for filter-blocking after the incidents.
It was unclear if the introduction of the mandatory test
would lead to an increase in diesel prices.
Britain imported nearly half of the more than 10 million
tonnes of diesel consumed last year, according to UKPIA data.
(Reporting by Ron Bousso; Editing by Larry King)