Department of Agriculture checking gas pumps to make sure you get what you pay for

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 This Morning / Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Are you getting what you pay for at the pump? That's what the Department of Agriculture wants to make sure.

Don Evans is a fuel inspector for the Department of Agriculture. He spends his days driving around the CSRA checking gas stations.

"Some days you might do three, some days you might do two," he said. "It keeps everybody honest."

They want to make sure that when you fill up your car with gas, you're getting what you pay for.

"I hope it gives them some confidence that we're out here checking because they really don't know," Evans said. "I mean these things are pretty accurate, but they can get off. Usually it's a mechanical thing, and it's good to know somebody checking to me."

Drivers say they feel the same way.

"It's crucial," said driver Alpha Nickelberry. "Obviously, with the economy in the state that it's in, I think every family is conscious of the money that they are spending, so I think it's critical that gas be what we think it is."

The Department of Agriculture has fuel inspectors throughout the state that check every gas station for accuracy.

"We try to get around once every year to do an inspection," said North Georgia Supervisor Cedric Lloyd. "We also do an inspection if a customer calls and complains or has an inquiry about a pump."

They check the fuel, the gas lines and the pump.

"[We] make sure the customer is getting what they pay for," Lloyd said. "Trying to make sure the calibration is correct on the pump, making sure if they pay for five gallons, they are getting five gallons."

They can check the fuel in their mobile fuel lab and if they find problems, they send it in for further inspection, but they say that rarely ever happens.

"Ninety to 95 percent of the time they're pretty good," Lloyd said.

After every inspection, they put a sticker on he pump letting you know it has been inspected and the date. It also gives you a number to call if something seems wrong and they will come out as soon as possible to check any complaints.

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