Travel Happy! A DATCP Sticker Means You Are Getting What You Paid For at the Pump
May 23, 2014
Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist,
608-224-5007 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
MADISON – If you are planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend, you may need
to stop by a Wisconsin gas station to fill up your car before you hit the road.
If you see the inspection sticker of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on the pump, you can be confident that
our weights and measures inspectors have tested that unit and found it to be
“Most retailers strive for honesty at the pump, and that’s
demonstrated in our inspection results,” said Sandy Chalmers, Division
Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “Wisconsin consumers can drive
with confidence this Memorial Day weekend knowing that they got a fair deal at
In 2013, DATCP inspectors tested 30,835 grades of fuel at
pumps statewide. Consumers received either the accurate amount of fuel or extra
fuel 99.5 percent of the time in these tests.
At the gas
pump, look for this blue DATCP sticker or a city seal to ensure that the unit
you are using has passed a recent inspection.
When checking fuel pumps, DATCP inspectors and city
sealers test for accuracy, check for tampering, look for leaks, verify posted
price signs, test fuel quality and check that the customer displays are working
and are accurate.
For even more protection in a fuel purchase, Wisconsin
- Check the price per gallon on the pump to ensure that
it matches the street sign.
- Verify that the price display reads zero before you
open the nozzle.
- Check the total price after filling up to ensure that
it computed properly.
- Tell the store management immediately if there is a
problem at the pump. If you wish to file a weights and measures complaint
with DATCP, visit datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 608-224-4942.
So before you hit the highway this weekend, check for a
DATCP inspection sticker or city seal at the pump so you can focus on the
road…not your wallet.
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