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- As the start of the summer driving season nears, the Mercer County Office of Weights and Measures has completed its annual inspection of gas stations across the County.

The County checked more than 120 gas stations to ensure that station owners and attendants are adhering to consumer protection laws, and sealed and certified 98 percent of the 2,259 meters on the initial inspection. Of the 41 meters the County found to be faulty, 26 devices were deemed permanently out of service and the others were repaired, re-inspected and certified within five days. No summonses were issued to gas station owners.

“These inspections by our Weights and Measures professionals are crucial to making sure that consumers are getting exactly what they pay for at the pump,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “We will continue to do all that we can to protect our citizens from unfair price hikes and other violations.”

Each year, the County Office of Weights and Measures randomly inspects all gas stations in 12 of the County’s 13 municipalities — Trenton has its own weights and measures department — to ensure that all gas meters are registered by the state; ensure that pricing is consistent between advertised prices and actual cost of gas; ensure that hoses do not leak; conduct volumetric testing to make sure meters are working accurately; conduct testing to detect water in storage tanks; and conduct octane testing to ensure octane ratings are accurate.

Inspections also help to ensure that merchants do not raise prices more than once in a 24-hour period, which is illegal. Any station caught in violation of these measures will be fined by Mercer County and ordered to stop selling gasoline until corrective action has been completed, Hughes said.

Residents are asked to call (609) 989-6579 to report suspected violations at gas stations.