Mehr-Azma told IRNA said improper gasoline distribution system, engine defects, dilapidated cars, low prices of the fuel and its smuggling were responsible for the growth in the consumption rate.
He rejected claims that average growth of gasoline consumption per car stands at 11 liters a day in Iran, saying one should expect yet higher figure.
He said average gasoline consumption per car in other countries fall in the range of 1.9 to 6.8 liters a day.
He added that based on research, about nine to fifteen percent marketed gasoline is put out of consumption cycle for good reasons.
He warned that rise in gasoline consumption would turn into an acute problem in future, raising the possibility for increase in the imports.
Director of the International Affairs Department at National Iranian Oil Company Hojatollah Ghanimifard had recently put the average gasoline imports in the first four months of the year (started March 21) at 13.5 million liters a day, which showed an increase of 52.5 percent compared to the figure within the same period the previous year.
Government had had to pay dlrs 316 million for the imports in the said period, which has been unprecedented in history of gasoline imports by the country.
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