BOSTON – Most Massachusetts gas stations are pumping fuel at the proper octane levels and the vast majority of stations are adhering to signage regulations, according to the Mass. Division of Standards.
In a news release, the division reviewed 212 octane levels at 87 stations across the state. Everyone but one passed inspection. One other station was cited for failing to have proper signage.
Inspections before Memorial Day are an annual effort by the Division of Standards. This year’s results are similar to past years’, as gas stations have consistently met state regulations regarding pump pricing and octane levels, the division said.
Cited for violations were:
• King Petroleum in Dedham. The station’s premium gasoline was found to be 90.4 octane and the station also had price sign violations. The business was fined $1,175. The station passed inspection on a second visit.
• Green Valley Oil Co. in New Bedford was cited for missing price signs. The station was fined $100.
“Consumers cannot check the octane level of gas themselves at the pump, so there is a trust factor on the part of the consumer that the gas station owner or manager is complying with the rules,” said Charles Carroll, Director of the Division of Standards. •
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