Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
 
Division of Consumer Affairs
Kimberly Ricketts, Director
 
For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2005
Press Contact:
Jeff Lamm, Genene Morris
973-504-6327

Consumer Information:
973-504-6200

 

State Monitoring and Inspecting Gas Stations
As Hurricane Rita Nears Landfall

NEWARK - State, county and municipal Weights and Measures personnel are monitoring and inspecting gas stations, and will continue to do so after Hurricane Rita makes landfall, to ensure New Jersey’s consumer protection statutes are being followed, officials announced.

“I want motorists to know that we already are monitoring gas stations and we will continue to do so. We expect State statutes regarding the operation of gas stations to be followed at all times,”Acting Governor Richard J. Codey said.

Codey noted that the State is allowing stations to sell gasoline below cost until further notice. The statute that limits price adjustments to once per 24 hour period remains in effect and will be strictly enforced.

“Weights and measures inspectors at the state, county and local level are coordinating resources to protect consumers as effectively as possible,” State Attorney General Peter C. Harvey said. “We will not tolerate violations of the State’s Motor Fuels and Consumer Fraud acts.”

Consumer Affairs Director Kimberly Ricketts noted that motorists can take the following actions to protect themselves when purchasing gasoline:

    • Check that the per-gallon price displayed on the roadside sign matches the per-gallon price setting on the pump;
    • Look for the blue Weights and Measures sticker on the gas pump, which verifies that the pump has been inspected annually as required and found to be in proper working order.
    • Make sure that the price display on the gas pump is set to zero before the attendant starts the pump; and

    • Verify the price that the attendant tells you to pay by checking the display on the pump.


“Consumers should be vigilant and know what to look for when gassing up,” Director Ricketts said. “Our investigators follow up on consumer complaints and we are finding violations based on those complaints.”

Any suspected violations can be reported to either the State or local Office of Weights and Measures. The State Weights and Measures office in Avenel can be contacted at 732-815-4840. Complaints also can be filed online on the Consumer Affairs’ web site at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov

The list of municipal and county Weights and Measures offices is below, along with contact telephone numbers:

Atlantic County, (609) 345-6700
Bergen County (201) 336-6424
Burlington County, (609) 265-5098
Camden County, (856) 374-6001
Cape May County, (609) 463-6475
Cumberland County, (856) 453-2203
Essex County, (973) 395-8363
Gloucester County, (856) 384-6855
Hudson County, (201) 319-3820
Hunterdon County, (908) 788-1249
Mercer County, (609) 989-6579
Middlesex County, (732) 745-3872
Monmouth County, (732) 431-7362
Morris County, (973) 285-2955
Ocean County, (732) 929-2166
Passaic County, (973) 305-5750
  Salem County, (856) 339-8608
Somerset County, (908) 231-7125
Sussex County, (973) 948-5464
Union County, (908) 654-9845
Warren County, (908) 453-2828
Atlantic City, (609) 347-5527
Camden City, (856) 968-4738
East Orange, (973) 266-5318
Elizabeth, (908) 820-4113
Hamilton (Mercer Co.), (609) 890-3595
Jersey City, (201) 547-5292
Linden, (908) 474-8403
Newark, (973) 733-6274
Nutley, (973) 284-4940
Paterson, (973) 321-1277 x.2714
Trenton, (609) 989-3282



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