Watchdog discovers 1,400 faulty fuel pumps
Unsuspecting car owners got less, but sometimes more, than they bargained for at 200 petrol pumps around the country last year.
The faulty pumps, which were among 8,000 tested by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) in 2010, were discovered to be delivering inaccurate quantities of fuel.
In some cases the owners of petrol stations were losing out because the wrongly calibrated pumps were delivering overly generous amounts of petrol to drivers. In other cases, however, motorists were getting less fuel than they were charged for.
More than 1,400 warning notices about faulty petrol pumps were issued by the NSAI, according to its annual report published yesterday.
Around 200 of these related to amounts of petrol, while the remainder focussed on technical issues.