Skip to main navigationSkip to News Headlines
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
Global Navigation
Division of Consumer Affairs
The State of New Jersey Office of The Attorney General (Dept. of Law & Public Safety) The State of New Jersey NJ Home Services A to Z Departments/Agencies OAG Frequently Asked Questions
OAG Home
OAG Contact
Division of Consumer Affairs Alerts and Recalls
Division of Consumer Affairs Alerts and Recalls
Office of the Attorney General Homepage Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Division of Consumer Affairs
Division of Consumer Affairs Highlights
Division of Consumer Affairs Topics in a A-Z List Format
Office of Consumer Protection (OCP)
New Jersey Bureau of Securities
Office of Weights and Measures
Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Professions and Occupations List
Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs
Division of Consumer Affairs in Spanish
Division of Criminal Justice
Division on Civil Rights
Division of Gaming Enforcement
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Division of Law
Juvenile Justice Commission
NJ Racing Commission
State Athletic Control Board
Division of NJ State Police
Victims of Crime Compensation Office
OPRA - Open Public Records Act
Download Free PDF Reader

Paula T. Dow,
Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director

 

 

For Immediate Release:
December 1, 2011
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327
 


State, County Offices of Weights and Measures Charge 14 Gas Stations With Selling Deceptively Advertised, Inferior Grade Fuel; Action Follows Unannounced Inspections Led by New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

AVENEL - The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures (OWM), within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, today joined the Bergen County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Middlesex County offices of weights and measures, in announcing charges against 14 gas stations accused of misleading consumers by selling fuel with octane levels far lower than those advertised on the pumps.

The civil complaints follow a two-week campaign of unannounced octane tests, led by the State OWM at 325 gas stations across New Jersey. The tests, conducted by a joint task force of inspectors from the State OWM and from 13 county OWMs, found that the majority of gas stations were in compliance with the State's Motor Fuels Act, but not all.

"With the holiday travel season here, New Jersey's consumers will be filling up their gasoline tanks. With some stations charging over $4 per gallon for premium grade gasoline, we want to ensure that consumers are getting their money's worth," said Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. "Of the 325 gas stations inspected, four percent allegedly practiced deceptive advertising with regard to the quality of fuel sold. We're holding them accountable."

The unannounced inspections included field tests with portable octane testers. Any fuel samples that appeared to present a violation, or presented unclear results, or could not be tested onsite for any reason, were sent to a laboratory in Philadelphia or New York for comprehensive testing. A total of 40 samples were sent to the labs, and those from 14 gas stations are alleged to be in violation.

As a result of those tests, four county OWMs filed complaints against the following gas stations, charging them with violations of New Jersey's Motor Fuels Act, or violations of the State's Weights and Measures Statute. Each station charged with violating the Motor Fuels Act faces a fine of up to $1,500 for a first violation, and up to $3,000 for subsequent violations, as well as a 5-to-30 day suspension of its license to operate. Each station charged with a violation of the Weights and Measures Statute faces a fine from $250 to $1,000 for the first violation, and fines between $1,000 and $5,000 for subsequent violations.

In Bergen County:

  • US Gas / Mmarmab LLC, 90 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

In Camden County:

  • Citgo, 302 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ

  • Jessie's Gulf, 720 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ 08107

  • Runnemede Extra, 405 E., Clements Bridge Rd., Runnemede, NJ 08078

  • US Gulf, 1200 Route 73, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

In Gloucester County:

  • Glassboro Lukoil, 100 Delsea Dr., Glassboro, NJ 08028

  • Gurbittha Gas LLC Lukoil, 500 North Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096

  • Mantua Pike Lukoil, 897 Mantua Pike, Woodbury

  • US Gas / Bahadur Singh, Inc., 724 Delsea Dr., Malaga, NJ 08324

In Middlesex County:

  • Edison Fuel Stop, 690 Route 1 North, Edison, NJ 08817

  • Fuel One Inc., 869 Route 1 South, Avenel, NJ 07001

  • Fuel One Inc., 279 Route 1 South, Edison, NJ 08817

  • North Brunswick Express Fuel, 483 Georges Rd., North Brunswick, NJ 08902

  • PAK Petroleum Citgo, 1614 Stelton Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854

"The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures and the county offices are committed to ensuring the honesty of gas stations, and for that reason we conduct unannounced octane tests on a yearly basis throughout the state," said Robert Campanelli, Acting Superintendent of the State Office of Weights and Measures, said. "This year we invited 13 county offices of weights and measures to participate in a statewide effort, to ensure the integrity of as many stations as possible."

Calcagni and Campanelli thanked the Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, and Warren county offices of weights and measures for their participation in this statewide effort.

Octane is a hydrocarbon liquid found in gasoline and other fuels. When octane levels are too low, gasoline can self-ignite during compression, out of sync with the timing of the engine's valves and pistons. This can lead to a persistent knocking sound in the engine, and in severe cases can lead to significant engine damage such as broken connecting rods, melted pistons, or other damaged components. The risk is especially acute with high-performance vehicles for which a higher octane rating is recommended, but can affect any vehicle if the octane level is substandard.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website, www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov, or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/NJ-Division-of-Consumer-Affairs/112957465445651, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/outreach/.

###

   
Contact Us | Privacy Notice | Legal Statement | Accessibility Statement
NJ Home Logo
Divisional: DCA Home | Complaint Forms | Proposals | Adoptions | Contact DCA
Departmental: OAG Home | Contact OAG | About OAG | OAG News | OAG FAQs
Statewide: NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
Copyright State of New Jersey, 1996-2007
This page is maintained by DCA. Comments/Questions: email

Page last modified: