Pennsylvania allows half-gallon pricing at some fuel stations

| 6/27/2008

With gas and diesel prices soaring above $4 a gallon in many areas in the state, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is allowing older fuel pumps to display half-gallon prices if they apply for the proper permits.

The decision was made recently to allow the half-gallon pricing to accommodate some of the older, non-digital fuel dispensers in the state, which cannot compute prices above $3.99 per gallon.

“With rapidly increasing fuel prices, I am allowing gas stations with older model pumps to temporarily implement half-gallon prices,” Rendell said in a written statement. “Most retail fuel stations in Pennsylvania can display per-gallon prices over $4, but we will accommodate those that cannot, allowing business to continue and ensuring consumers get what they pay for.”

Jean Kummer, deputy press secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s press office, told Land Line Magazine on Thursday, June 26, that 52 stations have already applied for waivers that would allow them to advertise half-gallon pricing. Only about 500 of the more than 108,000 fuel dispensers are estimated to be affected by half-gallon pricing in the state.

To receive temporary approval from the Department of Agriculture to offer half-gallon pricing, Kummer said each station applying for the permit must order an upgrade kit from their service or repair provider that will allow the fuel dispenser to display and compute unit prices of $4 per gallon or higher.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer