HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said it's becoming more efficient when performing routine checks on gasoline and gas pumps.
Instead of one inspector checking to make sure you get the right amount of fuel, and another checking fuel safety and quality, DATCP is combining their two inspection departments into one team.
"People want to know they're getting their money's worth at the gas pump and these inspections are designed to make sure that what registers on the gas pump is actually what goes into the tank," said Sandy Chalmers, division administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection.
Chalmers said the merge is part of the new state budget. It's expected to eliminate seven and a half vacant positions and save taxpayers $670,000 annually.
The merge will require a lot of cross-training, but DATCP will only divert business from a gas station once, instead of twice for an inspection, said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel.
"We want to make sure that the equipment that you're using, when you pull a vehicle up next to it, is safe. If there's a problem with a valve or a problem with the piping or there's some situation," Brancel said.
Brancel said an inspection will be indicated by a new compliance seal. The new stickers actually list the date of the latest inspection, and leave a number to call if someone drives away dissatisfied.
Chalmers said DATCP checks about 30,000 pumps a year. They try to check each pump every year and a half.
Weight and Measures Inspectors also check devices like price scanners and product scales for accuracy, Chalmers added. They focus their efforts where consumers spend the most money.
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