Buses using kerosene instead of diesel; Arjuna warns of danger

There could be a big crisis in the future if buses and lorries continually use kerosene instead of diesel, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday.

He said using kerosene in buses was illegal as it was sold in Sri Lanka to low income families, specially fishermen.

“Bus engines are not designed to use kerosene and it is not safe and these unscrupulous methods should be stopped by giving a warning to users.

“Even engines would have to be replaced if this method is used which is dangerous, as kerosene is more inflammable than diesel with very high emissions.

Eventhough CEYPETCO banned the distribution of Lanka Kerosene Oil (Red) for vehicles, several people obtain kerosene for their containers from sheds at night,” he added.

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