Field Trip: Gas Pump Inspection

By on March 2, 2009

Each month in our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field with a NCDA&CS employee to find out more about the varied types of work that goes on in the Department.

When you hear “Department of Agriculture,” do you think of farmers and food?

You’d be right, of course, but the department also regulates every gas pump at every gas station in N.C. to be sure you get what you pay for at the pump. And with 6,884 gas stations across N.C. (that’s more than 120,000 gas pumps), it’s a big job.The NCDA&CS has 25 inspectors who inspect about 664 locations (or 8,600 pumps) a month.

We met up with Sam Cain, an inspector for our Standards Division’s Motor Fuels section, at a Raleigh gas station to see how the NCDA&CS regulates gas pumps across the state. In the video, you’ll see the service truck he uses and the tests he conducts before giving a pump his (red) sticker of approval.

If you come across a defective gas pump or think you’ve been overcharged, call the Standards division at (919) 733-3313.

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  1. Beverly Perdue
    March 2, 2009

    Nice Blog!

  2. Karen Rhodes
    March 4, 2009

    Ditto to Gov. Perdue’s comment! Very nice job. I’m looking forward to exploring the Blogroll and Social Media links.

    Thanks for the phone number. I guess I need to call it, because I’ve noticed that at several area gas stations, the numbers for the gallons/dollars start rolling a second or two before I feel the gas start moving through the pump. It might only mean a couple extra pennies for me each time, but I’m sure for the station, it adds up to a nice extra profit…if indeed they are tacking on a couple extra pennies every time a pump is used.

  3. Merrill Holden
    March 4, 2009

    It is a nice Blog. Maybe we could have a category for the bee-keepers. They sure help the farmers produce better yeilds.

  4. Andrea
    March 4, 2009

    Thanks for your comments and suggestion. Bees are indeed an essential part of food production. NCDA&CS has programs and services of interest to beekeepers. You can find out more at
    We will be looking for topics of interest to readers for future blog posts, and may feature an article or post on bees and beekeeping in the future.