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Fuel man: inspectors checking gas pumps

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago February 04, 2014 Feb 4, 2014 Tuesday, February 04 2014 February 04, 2014 7:41 AM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- The Investigative Unit found that one in 20 gas pumps in the Capital City area has had some sort of violation, and sometimes those violations can cost you money.

It's why the Department of Agriculture and Forestry has a team of inspectors that test every pump in the state to make sure you're getting every drop you pay for.

"Our rejection rate is about 8 percent, but that could be anything from calibration to labeling errors to the price display not working, or safety issues, anything that would cause us to reject the pump," said Paul Floyd, district supervisor for the testers in the Baton Rouge area.

If the pump doesn't pass the test, it gets locked down until it can get fixed and checked again.

News 2 found cases where some pumps were overcharging, or there was water in the tank, things that must be fixed before the owner can get permission to sell gas again.

"If we suspect that somebody is cheating then we can just do a surprise visit, and it's driven by complaints, so we have a team in place and we have a way of monitoring and we have a way that statistically we know where we need to be looking, but we're not gonna tolerate anyone cheating," said Mike Strain, the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The department urges anyone who sees a problem to call 1-800-247-1086 to report the problem.

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