Unexpected bonus for drivers as garages pay the price for not upgrading equipment

Motorists with an interest in campervan insurance are amongst a group of drivers who have unconsciously been benefiting from discounted fuel from unsuspecting petrol and diesel suppliers.

The unexpected boon for motorists came to light after several AA members complained to the organisation saying they believed they were being charged for more fuel than they were buying. The AA decided to carry out preliminary tests before launching a full investigation and was surprised to find that the trial revealed motorists were definitely getting the fuel they paid for and in some instances were actually getting more.

President of the AA, Edmund King, explained saying “Following concern from members, the AA carried out preliminary tests at a handful of fuel stations to see if there were grounds for a more comprehensive survey. Some drivers have been benefiting from a lucky dip at the pumps, getting more fuel than they pay for. However, crippling pump prices have produced desperation among poorer drivers, particularly those trying to get by on £10, £20 or £30 weekly fuel spends that their family budgets can barely afford.”

A more robust investigation by Trading Standards found 5% of petrol stations in Cumbria tested were dispensing incorrect amounts and 10% of those tested in
Derby. They estimated that some motoring were receiving the equivalent of a 6p per litre discount. Apparently the reason why motorists are benefiting from the extra fuel is that the garages in question have not upgraded their fuel pumps, a situation that in all probability will be rectified very quickly. In fact an EU directive on Measuring Instruments means that fuel stations will have to have up-to-date equipment in place by October 2016.