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Wisconsin DATCP takes over gas station inspections


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - You're going to be seeing a new inspection sticker soon on gas pumps and grocery scales.

The Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is rolling out a new system to help the public know when a device like a scale or a pump has been inspected. The new blue sticker will now include the month and year of the latest inspection and a telephone number that consumers can call with weights and measures or fuel quality complaints. Spokesman Jaredt Albrecht says this helps the public get better information. "We want consumers to know when we've been out to make inspections. We also want them to know how to contact us if there a problem, which is why there's a telephone number on the sticker."

Albrecht says DATCP is now doing all the inspections on gas stations. "It used to be just they'd just test for accuracy, but fuel quality testing is new for our department." The new testing will use less people over all per station which is a cost savings for the state.

It could also speed up the process of inspections. Currently all of the state's scales and pumps are inspected about once every 18 months. Albrecht is hoping to speed that up. "Hopefully we're covering all those bases more regularly. It may still be about a year and a half at this time, at this point that's about what it's taking."

The change to the inspection schedules will save taxpayers about $670,000 a year.