Pump prices checked
In this time of rising oil prices, we all want to know we’re getting the best for our money. So Havering trading standards officers are checking petrol stations to make sure they’re showing the right price for their fuel.
They'll also be checking that the pumps really are dispensing the amount they say they are.
Motorists spend hundreds of pounds each year on fuel and with the price of petrol nearing £1.50 per litre, trading standards say they want to be sure that customers have confidence in the measure they are getting.
The North East London Metrology Partnership, based in Havering is responsible for the inspection of all petrol pumps across the five boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Newham.
They'll also also look into any complaints of alleged short measure across the four boroughs.
Here are some of the most common reasons people think they've been short changed at the pumps- and what they can do:
The petrol gauge on the car hasn't moved as much as you expected
"The car's capacity is only X litres"
"I could hear air coming out of the petrol pump"
The headwork did not show a zero reading before dispensing fuel".
last updated: 26/06/2008 at 17:50