Bill Revising Fuel Pump Inspection and Complaint Rules Passes From the House

May 9, 2019

 

Rep. Drew Darby‘s bill to revamp portions of the laws regarding consumer fuel pumps made it out of the Texas House on a 139-1 vote and moved on to the Senate on Thursday.

HB 2366 would require consumers who complain about the quality of gasoline from pumps to provide to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) a receipt for purchase and an identification of which pump dispensed the gasoline.

It would also require the TDA to notify a dealer within 24 hours when a complaint is lodged against the dealer.

The bill would also reduce the maximum civil penalties from $10,000 to $2,500 for a dealer, distributor, supplier, wholesaler, or jobber who violates statutory provisions relating to notice and documentation requirements for motor fuel mixtures and ratings.

And the bill changes some inspection and testing requirements, plus it lowers the administrative penalty for TDA rules from $5,000 to $2,500.

Rep. Darby explained following inquiry by Rep. Celia Israel that the requirement for the TDA to contract with five or more laboratories for testing would bring down costs and allow competition among the labs — only one lab is currently contracted, Darby said, and it’s in Indiana.