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05/24/07 - East Texas

Gas Violations

by Josh Ault

As gasoline prices continue to increase so will the cost for those caught cheating Texas drivers. 

Over 72 inspectors from the Texas Department of Agriculture check 68,500 fuel pumps a year.  Their mission is to save you money. 

Doug Jordan, of Morgan Oil Company in Nacogdoches, said, "It's good for the consumer.  It's good for us that they come by and check us."

Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples announced today that the TDA is increasing penalties for any fuel pumps that are inaccurate.  The fines are not going up a little, they are being quadrupled.

The new penalties are:

- More than twice in excess of tolerance (12 cubic inches) - $100 per device for the first offense and $200 for each device for the second offense.

- More than three times in excess of tolerance (18 cubic inches) - $150 per device for the first offense and $300 for each device for the second offense.

- More than four times in excess of tolerance (24 cubic inches) - $250 per device for the first offense and $500 for each device for the second offense.

One local oil company is happy the state is doing there job.  Jordan said, "We're glad to see them, we have dispensers that gave gas away and we didn't know, so they correct that on our side too."

If a gas station has a pump that is not working properly than an "out of order" sign will be placed on it. The new penalties will go into effect tomorrow, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

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