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The long-term practice in Mexico of charging customers for a liter of fuel when only 900 ml of fuel (or less) is actually dispensed is now prohibited and expected to change starting today, October 26.

Pursuant to the institution of “normas” (national standards) 005 and 185, gas-station owners are mandated to have software installed in their pumps that ensures only complete liters of fuel are dispensed. Also, tamper-proof computer chips and barrier seals are intended to prevent manipulation of equipment. The measures are expected to save consumers millions of pesos, said economy secretary Bruno Ferrari.

At an October 25 conference with federal consumer agency (Profeco) head Bernardo Altamirano, Ferrari said the updated pump software will give gasoline consumers certainty of their purchases. Franchisees who refuse to comply will be fined and have their franchise operations canceled.

Altamirano announced that so far this year Profeco has sent requests to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to cancel the permission of 11 stations to operate for various offenses. However, despite the new regulations, not all service stations will be prepared to have the new technology immediately.

José Antonio Torre, undersecretary of the regulations and competitiveness arm of the Secretaría de Economía, explained that 30 percent of the 10,000 gas stations in the country will not have the new equipment ready and therefore will have until January 31, 2013, to comply.

Source: El Vigia

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Javajoe25 Oct. 27, 2012 @ 9:51 a.m.

Good grief! Tamper-proof chips and barrier seals? The next thing you know, the stores and restaurants will have posted prices and give customers itemized receipts. It just won't be Mexico anymore.

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Visduh Oct. 27, 2012 @ 7:48 p.m.

For some time, I've heard of motorists who still, foolishly I think, insist on vacationing in Baja. They often report on disputes about the amount of gasoline they get vs. how much they are charged. This may explain it. The always-corrupt approach to doing business in Mexico just has no bounds. After decades of being charged for full liters of fuel, we are now informed that they were not getting the full measure, and that it is now controversial that the station operators will have to give a liter when they charge for one. Only in Mexico! Viva Mexico!

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Javajoe25 Oct. 28, 2012 @ 10:22 a.m.

Yea. And as if getting short-changed on the gas wasn't bad enough, when you pulled into a gas station, a bunch of young guys would swarm your car wiping you windows with greasy rags for tips. Then after you had filled up and were scratching your head trying to figure out how the hell your car could hold so many liters, you would notice that one of your tires was flat! But lo and behold, there is a tire repair shop right across the street! And guess where those young guys with the greasy rags work? Arriba! Pancho Villa lives!

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