Inspectors keep watch for potential gas gougers

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March 5, 2012, 5:54 pm

 (NECN: Eileen Curran: Reading, Mass.) - With mechanical equipment there are going to be errors, but with gasoline prices edging toward $4 a gallon, more motorists are complaining about what they perceive to be price gouging at the best and deception at worst.

Martin McHardy, field inspector for the the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, responds to complaints from motorists. It's his job to see that if you're charged for a gallon of gas that you actually get a gallon of gas.

McHardy said most gasoline retailers are honest, but motorists are suspicious now that prices have risen an average of 21 cents per gallon over the last month.

But when he visits a station, he checks to make sure that the signs on the pumps match the signs on the street, and he also checks to make sure that if you are paying for super, you're getting super.

He said that if you have reason to suspect something is amiss, be sure to call the number on the pump.

Tags: reading, gas prices, Mass., Eileen Curran, Gouging
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