Farm carried out 12 thousand inspection actions at gas stations


Author: Communication Department of the Finance Department

Source: Secretariat of Finance - São Paulo / SP - 08/11/2010

The São Paulo State Finance Department carried out 12.381 inspection actions at gas stations in five years of the De Olho na Bomba operation. During this period, the São Paulo tax authorities visited all 8.571 gasoline, alcohol and diesel dealers in the state and visited 44% of them more than once. The result of this permanent inspection is a significant improvement in the quality of products sold in the state.

The efficiency of inspection operations can be seen in the reduction in the total number of samples of adulterated products. When the operation was launched in 2005, 38% of the samples analyzed in laboratory tests showed some non-conformity. In 2010, this percentage dropped to 4,96%.

The De Olho na Bomba operation canceled the state registration of almost 10% of the state stations for selling adulterated fuel. According to the Treasury's balance sheet, 813 service stations and distributors have been closed by the operation since its implementation in 2005. This number counts the stations sealed on 20/10, National Day to Combat Tax Evasion, which closed 17 stations due to nonconformity and prohibited again 3 revoked resellers who had broken the seals and were operating illegally.

From September 2009 to October 2010, the Forfeiture Law - which provides for the incorporation of the recovered product into the State's assets - was applied to 131 companies in the fuel sales sector. In joint actions carried out with the Consumer Protection and Defense Foundation (Procon-SP), 160.085 liters of adulterated fuels were seized and will be incinerated in accordance with State Law No. 12.675 / 07. 16.053 liters of fuel that could be reprocessed were also seized and may be donated to public bodies such as the Military Police, Fire Department, among others.

The state has 18 Regional Tax Stations (DRT) responsible for the inspection of establishments and develop a permanent inspection schedule. The capital's DRTs (I; II and III), due to the large concentration of fuel dealers, have the largest number of canceled stations, in the total of 251. The region with the lowest number of canceled stations is Araçatuba (DRT9) with 19 closed establishments.


Inspection operations in the fuel sector are constant and do not have fixed dates. The teams from the De Olho na Bomba operation collect three samples that are sent for analysis by the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). However, a preliminary test can be done at the same time and, once the suspected adulteration is confirmed, the tank with the non-compliant fuel and its respective pumps are sealed.

After the fraud in the Unicamp analysis process was confirmed, the Treasury starts the process of removing the state registration of the establishment and Procon-SP starts the process to decree the loss of fuel. According to the law, the partners (individuals or legal entities) of the establishment closed by the inspection are prevented from exercising the same line of activity for a period of five years, counting from the date of termination.

The complete list of canceled gas stations is available on the website of the Secretariat of Finance ( Just access the option “Consultation of canceled stations”. To report a post suspected of selling adulterated fuel, the consumer can call the Ombudsman's Office at the telephone numbers (11) 3243-3676 and (11) 3243-3683 or send an e-mail to

Check the list of posts inspected since the beginning of the operation.


Period No. of Supervised Posts
Dec / 2004 to Dec / 2005 1.392
Jan to Dec / 2006 2.405
Jan to Dec / 2007 2.289
Jan to Dec / 2008 2.534
Jan to Dec / 2009 2.339
Jan to Aug / 2010 1.422

See the list of positions canceled by region.


1 º Capital 251
2 º Campinas 70
3 º Coast 54
4 º Osasco 52
5 º Ribeirão Preto 50
6 º ABCD 39
7 º Jundiaí 38
8 º Guarulhos 38
9 º Sorocaba 36
10 º Paraíba Valley 34
11 º Araraquara 34
12 º Marilia 29
13 º Presidente Prudente 25
14 º Bauru 24
15 º São José do Rio Preto 20
16 º Araçatuba 19


Communication Department of the Finance Secretariat