Gas Pump Legislation

Update:

See this story in the Ottawa Citizen

When will the Government step in and pass legislation to prevent ongoing gouging of consumers by the large oil companies?

Ottawa Citizen’s investigation in 2008 found nearly five per cent of gas pumps tested in Canada — about one pump in 20 — were found to be dispensing less fuel than was displayed. The investigation looked at government inspections between Jan. 1, 1999 and Aug. 28, 2007.

While most pump errors found during the 2008 investigation were small — between .30 and .60 cents worth of gas per tank at 2008 prices — some were larger, reaching $3 or more for a fill-up.

Ottawa Citizen’s investigation in 2008 found nearly five per cent of gas pumps tested in Canada — about one pump in 20 — were found to be dispensing less fuel than was displayed. The investigation looked at government inspections between Jan. 1, 1999 and Aug. 28, 2007.

The Citizen examined electronic records of more than 200,000 inspections and found that, of the pumps showing errors, 75 per cent were giving out less gas than metered.

In response to the Citizen’s findings two (2) years ago, the Conservatives promised legislation during the 2008 election.

The Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, announced on April 15, 2010 that his government was introducing “The Fairness at the Pumps Act”

The Fairness at the Pumps Act proposes to increase retailer accountability for measuring device accuracy by requiring that they have devices such as gas pumps and retail food scales inspected at regular intervals. Additionally, increased court-imposed fines of $10 000 for minor offences, $25 000 for major offences, and a new fine for repeat offences of up to $50 000 are proposed in combination with the introduction of a system of administrative monetary penalties to ensure appropriate deterrence against measurement inaccuracy.

Under the Fairness at the Pumps Act, Measurement Canada Inspectors would continue to assess accuracy of measurement devices through independent inspections, as well as responding to complaints of inaccurate measure and performing follow-up inspections of non-government inspectors. Measurement Canada Inspectors would be solely responsible for taking enforcement actions when offences are identified.


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