Energy Ministry says gas station fines claim a hoax

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The Energy Ministry said online rumors that people filling up at gas stations would be fined 100,000 baht for leaving their engines running or making mobile phone calls are false, although few in Pattaya appearing to be affected.

The ministry on June 2 clarified posts made on social media claiming the heavy fines came into effect May 29 are a hoax. The ministry only has asked service stations to refuse service to anyone refusing to turn off their engines or using their phone. It also distributed safety signs to stations nationwide.

A sign indicating the 4 rules in a gas station: 1) No smoking, 2) No using lighters 3) Turn off engines while filling gas, 4) No mobile phones while filling gas.
A sign indicating the 4 rules in a gas station: 1) No smoking, 2) No using lighters 3) Turn off engines while filling gas, 4) No mobile phones while filling gas.

Pattaya filling stations appeared to be unfazed by the rumors or safety concerns. One attendant at an area gas station said running engines or phone calls have never been a problem.

Staffers simply ask those needing a fill up to comply with safety regulations, which also include a ban on smoking.