As Gas Prices Soar, NJ Weights and Measures Office to Step Up Inspections
NEWARK — With average gas prices in New Jersey hovering near the $3 per gallon mark, Attorney General Zulima V. Farber and Consumer Affairs Director Kimberly Ricketts today announced that the State Office of Weights and Measures will be stepping up monitoring of gas stations to ensure that station owners and attendants are adhering to consumer protection laws.
"Our actions serve to warn gas station owners that they need to comply with state laws and not make a bad situation worse by taking advantage of consumers who are already feeling squeezed at the gas pump," Attorney General Farber said.
According to the Oil Price Information Service, today's statewide average gas price for regular is $2.73 per gallon as compared to $2.31 a month ago and super is at $3.04 per gallon versus $2.58 last month.
Attorney General Farber and Director Ricketts said that Weights and Measures inspectors will be visiting gas stations to ensure that:
Gas prices are not being changed more than once in a 24-hour period;
Posted per-gallon price displayed on the roadside sign matches the per-gallon price sign displayed on the pump as well as the setting in the pump;
Octane levels are accurate; and
The stations are properly registered.
Complaints can be made to the State Office of Weights and Measures by calling 732-815-4840.
"We expect that New Jersey's gas retailers have not forgotten the lessons learned last fall in the wake of Hurricane Katrina," Director Ricketts said. "Our response to violators will be swift."
Consumers can also help themselves by:
Looking for the blue Weights and Measures sticker on the gas pump, which verifies that the pump has been inspected and is in proper working order.
Making sure that the price display on the gas pump is set to zero before the attendant starts the pump.
Verifying the price the attendant tells you to pay by checking the display on the pump.
For more tips, log onto www.njconsumeraffairs.com. Click on "Dealing with High Gas Prices."