Quantity Control/Package Inspection

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Retail Motor Fuel

Tehama County Weights & Measures Inspectors annually inspect all gasoline and diesel dispensers in the county and sometimes again if there has been a complaint. This inspection increases consumer confidence when purchasing these petroleum products. 

Inspectors also look at advertising medium, fuel quality, and dispenser labeling.  These inspections are performed unannounced on an annual or complaint basis.

If fuel dispensers are inaccurate they are immediately placed out of service,“red tagged”, so they may not be used and are maintained out of service until a registered service agent is called to repair the device.

Service stations are required to post the prices of the motor vehicle fuel that they sell.  The signs must be visible to the motorist BEFORE entering the station to purchase fuel.  Any conditions applicable to the sale of the fuel at the advertised price must be posted.  The most common condition seen is the price difference for cash and credit payments, which is legal as long as clearly posted on primary station sign. 

If debit cards are not listed in the credit price then debit cards should be treated as cash and given that price.

The department also enforces the posting of signs relating to disabled driver services, air, and water availability. Gasoline and motor fuel are sold by volume, most commonly gallons.  The price you pay for gasoline will depend on the octane level, the amount you buy, and any discounts offered. 

Tehama County Department of Weights & Measures and the Division of Measurement Standards DOES NOT regulate the price of gasoline or diesel fuel. Fuel prices can change often and stations are required to change all locations where prices are posted.  The octane rating and price per gallon must be clearly marked on each pump.  Each time you purchase fuel, be sure that the pump is set to zero before pumping begins.

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