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Cumbrian petrol stations caught short-changing drivers

Spot-checks are being carried out at petrol stations across Cumbria to ensure drivers aren’t being short-changed when filling up.

Petrol pump photo
There are 165 petrol stations in Cumbria

So far, four places have been found not to be pumping out the amount of petrol or diesel motorists think they’re getting.

Cumbria Trading Standards is carrying out accuracy checks on fuel pumps to ensure they are issuing the right volumes of fuel and charging the correct price for it.

The regular monitoring has been carried out against the backdrop of fuel prices reaching record highs – up on the national average – in parts of the county.

Coupled with rising costs for other goods and services, Cumbria County Council, which operates the trading standards service, says it is more important than ever that they ensure people get a fair deal.

Manager Angela Jones said: “Testing fuel pumps is one of the many duties undertaken by trading standards to ensure consumers and businesses receive value for money.”

To promote the checks, the council has been placing stickers on every pump they check in an attempt to give drivers confidence that the machines are legal and accurate.

“We’ve been working with a number of filling stations who have welcomed this scheme and I would urge others to join this initiative,” Ms Jones added.

There are 165 filling stations across the county.

As part of the latest round of checks, pumps at 38 sites have so far been tested with discrepancies found at four of those locations.

No details of those who have failed the tests have been disclosed.

Pumps that are found to be inaccurate are taken out of use until repaired and verified.

Gary Strong, the councillor responsible for overseeing trading standards’ work, said: “Motorists spend a lot of money on fuel and with prices at record levels it’s more important than ever that they are receiving the correct measure.

“Many drivers don’t realise that fuel pumps are regularly tested and I would encourage motorists to look out for the stickers.”

Retailers interested in joining the scheme should contact trading standards.

Meanwhile, the drive to attract customers to petrol stations, meanwhile, shows no signs of easing as concerns about fuel prices continue.

Supermarket Asda, which has filling stations at its stores at Kingstown, Carlisle and Dunmail Park, Workington, cut its prices by 2p per litre.

Drivers filling up at any of the chain’s 195 forecourts nationwide will pay no more than 136.7p a litre for petrol and 141.7p a litre for diesel.

The move means Asda’s fuel prices have come down 4p a litre over the last three weeks.

Asda’s petrol trading director Andy Peake said: “This shows that Asda is once again leading the way in reducing prices at the pumps.”

Have your say

Name and Shame them!

Posted by Craig on 14 May 2012 at 14:38

Asda’s petrol trading director Andy Peake said: “This shows that Asda is once again leading the way in reducing prices at the pumps.”

Is this the same company that threw 10p a litre ON when they realised there was panic buying?

Posted by Who knows on 11 May 2012 at 19:54

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