NATSO, the trade association representing the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza industry, today, July 17, congratulated the National Conference on Weights and Measures for its decision to remove automatic temperature compensation (ATC) for retail fuel pumps as a method of sale from its agenda.
The conference, which sets the standards for consumer products, voted to remove consideration of both voluntary and mandatory standards for selling fuel using a standard benchmark of 60 degrees. Under the current system, fuel is sold based on a volume standard.
In its remarks, NCWM cited consensus against ATC as well as economic cost factors, lack of consumer benefit and absence of uniformity in the marketplace as reasons for its decision. Consumers also would have had to bear the costs associated with implementing ATC as states struggle against limited financial resources and the economic downturn, NCWM said.
NATSO — which has long supported the sale of retail fuel based on volume because studies show ATC would hurt consumers and cost businesses thousands to implement — says NCWM’s decision maintains a level playing field for consumers, who would have incurred the cost of implementing the new standard with no real benefit.
“We’re pleased that the National Conference on Weight and Measures voted to keep fairness and transparency in fuel pricing and delivery,” says Lisa Mullings, NATSO chief executive officer. “The current system yields the most benefits for consumers, who ultimately would have paid the price for changing requirements.”