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Weights and Measurers Department

  1. How often do you check the gas pumps?
    Gas stations are inspected yearly and also after service work affecting the calibration. Gas stations are also inspected after any complaint received.
  2. Do you check fuel quality?
    No we do not. Fuel quality testing is not performed in Ohio. State legislators have approved testing requirements but have yet to provide funding.
  3. I filled up at the gas station and put 17 gallons in my tank but my tank only holds 15 gallons according to my manual. How can that be? I believe the pump must be wrong.
    The tank and the gauge in your vehicle are not certified measuring devices. It is common for gas tanks to hold more than stated capacity. This also applies to gasoline cans that are used to take fuel home for mowers. They are given extra space for expansion and safety reasons. They are also not certified.
  4. Am I responsible for gasoline spilled during fueling if the pump did not shut off when full?
    Yes you are responsible. When fueling, you should remain close to your vehicle to ensure a safe delivery of the product. Do not leave the pump unattended and, for example, enter the store or sit back down in your vehicle.
  5. How often are scales tested?
    Like gas pumps, scales are tested yearly and also after service work affecting calibration or after any received complaint.
  6. Can any scale be used for commercial transactions or does it have to be a special scale?
    Only scales that have been approved for commercial use (NTEP approved) may be used for commercial transactions. If you are opening a business that will be using a scale or replacing one within your current business and have any questions if the scale you plan on purchasing will be legal or not call us and we can assist.
  7. What is tare?
    Tare, or tare weight, is the weight of the packaging, wrapping or any material not considered product or part of the net weight. When purchasing food products be sure that you are paying for the product only and not the gross weight. For example, at the deli you can only be charged for the weight of the potato salad and not the weight of the plastic container it is packaged in.