City gas station suspended after motorbikes stall

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Ho Chi Minh City police temporarily shut down a gas station Thursday after around a hundred motorbikes could not start after getting refills there on Wednesday night.

Many people pushed their bikes back to the Lan Anh gas station at 220 National Highway 13, Binh Thanh District, accusing the retailer of giving them bad quality gasoline and asking for their money back, Tuoi Tre reported.

Le Van Trung, 36, said "I had a refill at 6:30 p.m., but the motorbike stopped after running for around 200 meters. I thought it was a technical error but then I saw many other motorbikes had stopped too."

Trung said when around 50 of the first victims returned and complained, people at the station did not give any answers and kept selling gas to other customers.

"They only stopped when the police came around 30 minutes later," he said.

The motorbikes were then given gasoline from a different pumps and it worked.

But several motorbikes with fuel injection systems needed some mechanics' intervention.

Some victims did not come back to the station but stopped by motorbike repair shops and were told that there was a problem with the fuel.

Many suspected the gasoline was mixed with water.

Police said the station could be fined or even have it license revoked if investigations confirmed it had deliberately added water to the fuel stock. They have taken 11 gas samples and summoned its owner for investigations.

The gas station was punished with a cash fine recently for closing its doors and refusing to sell fuel while waiting an expected price hike.

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