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Why would a gas pump be missing an inspection sticker?

According to Cumberland County Vector Control/Weights & Measures Chief John Bitner, there could be a number of reasons a gas pump is missing an inspection sticker, though they encourage residents to let them know so they can remedy the situation.

The Weights & Measures division at the county inspects gas pumps and will put a sticker on the pump if that pump passes inspection. The blue sticker will have the year for which the pump is approved, as well as contact information for the department.

Bitner said that while his department previously placed inspection stickers for every gasoline grade at the pump, that’s no longer the case since pumps can have five grades on one device and very little space to place a sticker, though diesel pumps will get their own stickers.

That lack of space is one of the reasons the inspection sticker on some pumps may be hard to find. Bitner said gas stations place their own stickers about ethanol and how to use the pump, which can leave little obvious room for the inspection sticker.

One reason the sticker wouldn’t be there is the obvious one: The pump didn’t pass inspection. A second reason is that the gas station company replaced part of the pump where the sticker had been placed, and the Weights & Measures department wasn’t notified of the change to get a sticker back on the pump.

Bitner said a third reason a sticker may be missing is that it simply fell off. He said the new hard plastic covers on the devices aren’t working well with the adhesive on the sticker. He said the stickers should stay if no one tampers with them, but they could fall off is someone “plays around with it” while at the pump.

Those who notice an inspection sticker is missing or have another complaint dealing with the pump, such as a jump in price when pumping gas, can contact Cumberland County Weights & Measures at 717-240-6349.

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