A national audit will be commenced into fuel pump accuracy in the lead up to the Easter long weekend.
The audit – carried out by the National Measurement Institute – hopes to ensure that Australian consumers aren’t getting ripped off at the fuel pump.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said it’s important that Australians get what they pay for when they buy products by weight, volume or number.
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“The Morrison Government is putting fuel retailers on notice, and they can expect a rigorous but fair approach during the inspections conducted by NMI.
“Australian consumers need to be confident they’re getting what they pay for at the fuel pump, and we are committed to ensuring this confidence is upheld and maintained.
“While most businesses want to do the right thing, there are penalties for businesses that breach the law,” Minister Andrews said.
The NMI can issue infringement notices with fines of $1050 per offence, with maximum fines of $210,000 per offence for a company, or $42,000 per offence as an individual – if the case is serious enough.
The week-long audit program will run across Australia from 1 to 5 April and will look at 250 fuel outlets and test 1000 fuel pumps.
For more information contact the national trade measurement hotline on 1300 686 664.