Petrol bowser inspectors Ron Brandley and Kerry MacDonald testing stations in Ballina yesterday.
Petrol bowser inspectors Ron Brandley and Kerry MacDonald testing stations in Ballina yesterday.

Petrol bowsers checked

By PATRIZIA REIMER SOMETIMES it seems that your 20 litres of fuel just doesn't take you as far as it did when you bought the same amount somewhere else.

And you can't help but wonder, did you get the petrol you paid for?

The Department of Fair Trading wonders the same thing and tries to ensure the amount of fuel going out of a pump is the exact amount being charged for. Random inspections by the consumer watchdog have targeted several petrol stations across the Northern Rivers and end today with 191 individual bowsers inspected at the time of going to press yesterday. Of those only one pump, in Kyogle, was found to be badly calibrated.

But quite often it works the other way and luckily for BP Brunswick Heads the inspectors who visited on Wednesday noticed they were selling more petrol than they were charging for.

"One of ours was running over," said manager Brian Arthur. "We always check them ourselves anyway but these inspections have to happen, you've got to be fair."

Inspectors Ron Brandley and Kerry MacDonald were checking pumps at Ballina yesterday and have checked stations in Lismore, Kyogle, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads since they began last Monday.

"There's a lot of positive response from customers," said Kerry.

Their supervisor, Brian Camarsh, said: "Most of them look forward to our visits. In a lot of cases it's good for them."



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