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New Jersey Conducts Unannounced Inspections Of Home Heating Oil Trucks

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A heating oil truck is inspected in Newark - Jan. 24, 2013 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

A heating oil truck is inspected in Newark – Jan. 24, 2013 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Orange cones were set up just off the road near the intersection of Doremus Avenue and Port Street in Newark on Thursday.

“The New Jersey state Office of Weights and Measures is in the field here at Newark by the port area to conduct inspections of home heating fueling trucks,” said state consumer affairs acting director Eric Kanefsky.

He said that, for one, they were checking the meters which gauge how much heating oil is pumped out to homeowners and businesses.

“To make sure that you’re getting what you paid for,” Kanefsky told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

They were also checking the trucks’ brakes and looking under the hood.

One driver was cited when an improper seal was found. The seal should have been from the county or state, but was from a mechanic.

At least one driver had criminal warrants and was arrested.

Kanefsky said they do this periodically.

“If we’re not the ones who are testing, you know, we can’t say for sure whether or not you’re getting what you paid for and that’s really what the point of these tests are,” he said.

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