“Addicted” diesel pump immediately charged 1.65 euros

At a time when the Portuguese live “suffocated” by fuel prices, there are situations that do not help. In 2021 we reported that there were fuel stations in Portugal with a “manipulated” meter.

History repeats itself again and recently ASAE detected a defective diesel pump that immediately charged 1.65 euros (before starting the supply).

Diesel pump had already been subjected to metrological control

A diesel pump in Vila Pouca de Aguiar (Vila Real) had the counter defective, charging the consumer with a value of up to 1.65 euros before starting the supply, revealed today the Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE).

Em communiquéASAE states that this is the fourth similar occurrence that it has detected “in the last few months”.

In an inspection of the fuel filling station in question, says ASAE, “it was found that, at the beginning of each filling, after the ‘reset’ of the meter and even before the pump nozzle handle was pressed, the meter changed automatically, charging amounts up to 1.65 euros, without the consumer having made any effective supply”.

Portugal: "Addicted" diesel pump immediately charged 1.65 euros

ASAE refers to having “sealed and seized it, as a precaution, for the respective technical expertise”. The diesel pump had already been subjected to metrological control this year, “showing the seal of validity and conformity”.

The facts were communicated to the Public Prosecutor’s Office as they are “strong indications of the crime of speculation (anti-economic crime) and possible crime of falsification of technical notation”.

If you fill up your vehicle, pay attention to the gas station meter. In case of irregularity, contact ASAE.

According to recent information, the liter of diesel will rise by 4 cents this week. Gasoline should not change in price. The Government maintains the reduction of ISP rates, but the fall in the tax equivalent to 13% will only be in May. At this point the Autovoucher ends.

Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.

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