90 Percent of Gas Pumps Inspected are Accurate
Paul Haas is a busy guy. He's one of 12 people who inspects the state's roughly 50,000 gas pumps. In other words, he makes sure you get what you pay for.
"I am a busy guy. I'm a very busy guy," he said. "If you throw on top of that all the other stuff such as scales and package checking and other random complaints that come in, yes, it can lead to a very busy week."
Very busy because Haas and the other inspectors checked out more than 11,000 gas pumps through June.
"What we're seeing is that for Minnesota this year, the pumps that we're seeing are a little bit more accurate than they were last year," explained Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce Mike Rothman.
According to Department of Commerce numbers, just over 90 percent of the pumps inspected through June were approved as found, compared to nearly 88 percent at the same time last year. About 9 percent of the pumps inspected in the first half of 2013 weren't immediately approved. Most of those were either repaired that day or shut down and fixed within a month.
"A lot of times they're inaccurate both ways," said Rothman. "So sometimes consumers are getting a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less." Also, keep in mind, pumps can fail inspections for reasons like missing receipt paper or burnt out digits in their display too.
As for Haas' most recent inspections at a BP station in Woodbury, he says they're good to go -- no changes necessary.
"Everything looks great on this guy," said Haas. "Falls within tolerance. With that, we can close him up and go on to the next one."
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