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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The government has apparently banned vehicles manufactured since October 2018 from using fuel oil (BBM) with a low octane rating (Research octane number / RON), below 91 RON.

This means that vehicles manufactured from October 2018 should not be allowed to fill up with Pertalite petrol, because Pertalite has an octane rating of 90.

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The Director-General of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (KLHK) Sigit Reliantoro said the ban was based on the Ministry of the Environment and Forests Regulation No. 20 of 2017 relating to standards of quality of exhaust emissions for new type motor vehicles, categories M, N and O..

This regulation was issued in order to implement the government regulation n. 41 of 1999 relating to the control of atmospheric pollution.

“That in order to implement the provisions of article 8 paragraph (1), article 34 paragraph (3) and article 35 paragraph (3) of government regulation no. 41 of 1999 relating to the control of air pollution, it is it is necessary to establish quality standards for vehicle exhaust emissions “, we read in consideration of the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment and Forests no. 20/2017.

“Every business and / or production activity of a new type of vehicle must comply with the requirements of the Exhaust Emissions Quality Regulations contained in Annex I which is an integral part of this Ministerial Regulation”, reads in art. 2 of this Ministerial Regulation n. .20 / 2017.

Compliance with the exhaust emission quality standards referred to in Article 2 (1) shall be carried out by means of exhaust emission tests, one of which is based on the fuel specification.

The provisions on fuel specifications for new vehicles are contained in Article 3, paragraph 2, of the Minister for the Environment and Forests no. 20/2017. In Article 3 (2) it is stated that the exhaust emissions test is carried out using fuel oil with the following specifications:

a. sparks (petrol) with parameters: minimum RON 91 (ninety one), minimum lead content (Pb) not detected and maximum sulfur content 50 (fifty) ppm;

b. compression (diesel) with the following parameters: Cetane number of at least 51 (fifty one), maximum sulfur content of 50 (fifty) ppm and viscosity (viscosity) of at least 2 (two) mm2 / s and maximum 4.5 (four five points ) mm2 / s;

c. ignition and compression (LPG) with parameters: minimum RON of 95 (ninety-five), maximum sulfur content of 50 (fifty) ppm; or

d. ignition and compression (CNG) with parameters: C 1, C2 at least 62% (sixty-two percent) vol, relative density at a temperature of 28 degrees C at least 0.56
(zero point fifty-six).

“According to the regulation, vehicles manufactured after October 2018 use fuel according to the regulation,” Sigit told CNBC Indonesia.

This statement also clarifies the news that the government plans to phase out Pertalite and Pertamax gasoline. According to him, Permen LHK No. 20 of 2017 is intended only for new vehicle emissions specifications, not all fuel specifications circulating in the community.

“Only for new vehicles or vehicles produced in October 2018,” he said.

So why does it only apply to vehicles manufactured from October 2018?

This regulation is effective from the promulgation date of 7 April 2017. However, there is a transition period in which motor vehicles produced are given a deadline of at least 1 year and 6 months for gasoline-powered vehicles to meet the standards of quality of exhaust emissions set out in this Regulation.

This means that vehicles manufactured since October 2018 are required to follow specified fuel specifications, which use at least gasoline with an octane rating of 91.

Article 8 of that regulation provides that:

(1) Upon entry into force of this ministerial regulation, motor vehicles in production of category M, category N and category 0, must meet the quality standards of exhaust emissions referred to in Article 2 paragraph (1) no later than:

a. 1 (one) year 6 (six) months, for vehicles powered by petrol, methane and LPG; And
b. 4 (four) years, for diesel-powered vehicles.

He also pointed out that the specifications for the fuels that can be released in the community are the responsibility of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).

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