NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — With the price of home heating oil at a record high New Jersey state inspectors are making sure customers are getting what they pay for.
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The State Division of Consumer Affairs conducted surprise inspections of home heating oil delivery trucks at a Newark fueling spot Wednesday.
“Home heating fuel has gotten to a record high since 2008 — we’re now about over $3/gallon,” acting director Tom Calcagni said. “We want to make sure that consumers get everything that they’re paying for.”
In the first two hours of the crackdown, three trucks were taken off the road for faulty meters, one of which pumped out less oil than what the customer paid for. Inspectors checked for tampering with dispensing meters and for compliance with regulations governing the receipts given to customers and record keeping.
“They’re making money on shortchanging consumers and that’s what we’re here to prevent,” Calcagni said.