Pennsylvania Protects Consumers with Gas Bill

September 25, 2012 04:41 AM

AAA officials applauded House Agriculture Committee passage on Monday of a consumer protection bill that would authorize the state to test the octane level and quality of gasoline sold at the pump. Senate Bill 341 passed the Senate by a unanimous vote in April. The measure would join Pennsylvania with 47 other states with similar gasoline testing programs.

Ted Leonard, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation remarked, "The testing and proper labeling of octane will become even more important since the federal government has approved increased ethanol in gasoline." Leonard noted that motorists are often not aware of gas quality as the source of vehicle problems such as failing fuel pumps, fuel injector problems, and vehicle stalling and sputtering. "Pennsylvania motorists can suffer twice from poor gasoline; first by overpaying for the improper octane level, and secondly, for vehicle damage caused by contaminated gasoline," said Leonard.

"Good news is just around the corner for Pennsylvania motorists," said Representative Maher, "as the House Agriculture Committee voted out the proposed new law allowing officials to test whether consumers are actually getting the octane that they pay for."

Senate Bill 341, which received unanimous approval of the House Agriculture Committee, now moves to the House floor for full House approval. AAA supports this effort to protect motorists at a time of record gas prices.

Currently, East Coast Gasoline is $0.051 lower week-over-week to $3.826 - National average price also lower on the week, down $0.052 to $3.826/gallon, $0.317 higher than the same period last year.



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