With the price of a gallon of gasoline hovering around the $4 mark, Missouri drivers want to be sure they are getting their money’s worth when they fill up. And, a team of state inspectors is working to deliver just that.
Ron Hayes, Director of the Division of Weights and Measures at the Missouri Department of Agriculture says 17 inspectors test more than 66,000 gas pumps twice a year.
Hayes says the standard of compliance for new pumps is expected to be within one quarter of one percent of the standard measurement when tested – meaning any disparity should not be more than 25 cents for a $100 purchase of gasoline. The disparity rises to 50 cents per $100 purchase for older, worn pumps. In addition to pump inspections, inspectors perform safety inspections at retail filling stations.