You’re getting ripped off at the fuel pumps, according to CBC.
Of course, that comes as no news to motorists sick of constantly fluctuating gas prices that constantly trend higher and higher, but government data acquired by CBC isn’t addressing that issue. Instead, the numbers they have show that motorists are frequently paying for gas they don’t receive, due to inaccurate gas pumps.
According to the article, six per cent of gas pumps tested across Canada over the past two and a half years didn’t dispense the amount of fuel indicated on the pump. Sometimes the error was in favour of the customer, but usually – about two-thirds of the time – the customer received less gas than they paid for.
It’s usually only a trifling pennies per tank, but across the country, Measurement Canada figures drivers got $12 million worth of gas for free due to faulty pumps – and paid out over $20 million for gas they didn’t receive. The stats indicate that Canadians get stiffed once every 25 fill-ups, and get more than they paid for once every 50 fill-ups.
PEI has the highest ratio of inaccurate gas pumps at 33 per cent, but the government only surveyed six pumps in that province. The next worse was Newfoundland and Labrador, with nine per cent of 962 pumps reading inaccurately. The best was Alberta, with only four per cent of 3,804 pumps reading inaccurately. Saskatchewan had the highest ratio of pumps favouring the retailer, at 0.83 per cent, and Nova Scotia had the most pumps favouring the customer, at 0.54 per cent.
Of course, consumer groups are up in arms, while oil companies are pointing out their measurement standards, despite the discrepancies, are still higher than any other sector gauged by Measurement Canada.
Still, this is just one more reason to go ride your motorcycle, and burn less fuel to start with. It’s hard to get ripped off for something you aren’t even buying.