The Department of Energy yesterday warned gas stations in Negros Occidental whose pumps are not properly calibrated and are short-selling customers that three offenses will lead to their closure.
Energy Industry Management Division Supervisor Rey Maleza said pumps must be properly calibrated to ensure that gasoline consumers get the right amount of fuel for the amounts they pay.
He said that, of the 1,140 pumps in gasoline stations in Negros Occidental, 88 were found to have violations in recent inspections, 33 of them in Bacolod City and 55 in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental.
That is less than 10 percent of the total number of pumps in the province, and they have been instructed to immediately ensure the proper calibration of their pumps, Maleza added.
If a gasoline station is found to have committed violations three times, the DOE will inform the local government unit where it is located.
It is the LGU that has the power to revoke the license of the gasoline station, he added.*CPG