How it works:
- Situation: there are a couple of tricks, though the amount skimmed off from you is generally small and not much of a concern. However, it adds up to a good profit for rogue staff over the long run.
- Version 1: pump meter does not start at 0, meaning you get less than what you pay for. One attendant will distract you so another attendant can being the process without you being able to check that the meter starts at 0.
- Version 2: using a long fuel dispenser which retains a lot of fuel that you will not get but you will still have to pay for. This will simply be rolled back to the machine.
- Version 3: a special task force in Uttar Pradesh exposed how chips were illegally inserted into petrol pumps. These chips can be controlled by remote control – rogue staff can switch it on to speed up the meter reading with no proportional increase in petrol dispensed, or switch if off if the station is being inspected.
- Version 4: the attendant does not lock the nozzle into your car’s fuel filler neck. Instead, he will press on the dispenser repeatedly to keep starting and stopping the fuel flow. The result is that you will lose out on ~2% of the fuel (held back due to air locks) that you have to pay for.
- Version 5: receiving adulterated petrol.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Version 1: keep your eyes on the meter and make sure it starts at 0. After fuel is dispensed, ask for a read-out slip (newer facilities should have this).
- Version 2: ask the attendant to empty the last drop of petrol from the dispenser.
- Versions 3 and 5: head to reputable petrol stations or company owned, company operated outlets.
- Version 4: make sure that the nozzle is locked into your car’s fuel filler neck.