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battery probe site:fijitimes.com
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
A CAR battery that used to have a lifespan between two to three years now only lasts a year. That is why the Fiji Taxi Union supports a notice by the Ministry of Industry and Trade inviting the public and stakeholders to make submissions expressing their views on a draft standard for car batteries manufactured, imported and sold in Fiji. The advertisement signed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there had been concerns on poor quality batteries that had an adverse effect on the environment, vehicle engines and human health. All written submissions are to reach the ministry no later than Friday, February 18. FTU general secretary Rishi Ram said what was startling about car batteries was that 20 years ago their life span lasted two to three years in contrast to those manufactured today which only last a year. He applauded the move by the Government to investigate the product because batteries were expensive. He said a battery for benzene cars costs about $140 while the ones for gas vehicles cost $240. Fiji Bus Operators Association president Zane Dean said they also had a similar experience with bus batteries that cost $250 and lasted only about a year. He supported the call for submissions on car batteries.