Curated By: Business Desk
Last Updated: November 17, 2023, 10:10 IST
Anyone who owns a vehicle will be well versed in the intricacies of maintaining their car and one of them is getting their car fuelled. Filling your car with petrol/diesel may sound like a seemingly simple task but there can be circumstances where you are cheated money by getting less fuel for more money. It usually happens when the machine at the petrol pump is rigged, This is why we are told to administer caution and always make sure that the reading on the machine is always zero before starting. But there are some other things you should be paying attention to.
The Department of Consumer Affairs of the Central Government on Thursday tweeted about what things should be kept in mind before filling petrol and diesel in your car. The tweet read, “Consumers, take note! Remember these points before filling up on petrol and diesel: the dispensing machine’s verification certificate should be visible and the meter reading should be 0.00. Customers can use the five-litre scale at the gas pump to verify the delivered quantity if they so choose.”
उपभोक्ता ध्यान दें! पेट्रोल और डीजल भरवाने से पहले इन बातों का ध्यान रखें-
✅ मीटर रीडिंग 0.00 हो✅ Dispensing Machine का Verification Certificate Display किया हुआ हो✅ उपभोक्ता यदि चाहे तो वो पेट्रोल पंप पर उपलब्ध 5 लीटर के माप से Delivered Quantity Check कर सकते हैं pic.twitter.com/3Jji3knqBw
— Consumer Affairs (@jagograhakjago) November 16, 2023
In addition, the Department of Consumer Affairs stated that customers may file a complaint via the National Consumer Helpline number 1915 or the Legal Metrology Officer if they have any doubts. If there is any discrepancy in the density of petrol then you may lose a lot of money. It is noteworthy that density is directly related to the purity of petrol or diesel.
Furthermore, since sometimes an embedded chip is inserted into the pump itself, there is an obvious fraud perpetrated by the managers or primary owners of the gas pumps. With the metre showing the full amount, this chip ensures that 3% less oil is added each time. Thus, even though everything would seem fine and you request Rs 1,000 worth of petrol, you will receive petrol worth only Rs 970.