The AA has found that older, inaccurate fuel pumps could be
helping UK drivers getting a little extra fuel when they fill
The AA tested fuel pumps because some members felt they weren't
getting the full litre when topping up, but their survey found that
in reality, motorists were getting 4.4 per cent extra on average.
Nobody was getting less than they were paying for.
The shock news - that fuel stations are in effect giving away
petrol - comes after Trading Standards officers tested the fuel
delivery pumps in Derby and Cumbria. The investigators found that
just 15 stations out of over 250 tested were pumping out extra
The AA say that you're more likely to get extra fuel from
stations using older pumps, which are less accurate.
But as these older pumps are usually to be found at independent
stations, not the major supermarkets or oil companies, you will end
up paying extra per litre anyway, meaning your 4 per cent extra in
fuel will probably make no difference to the dent in your
is features editor of Watchmywallet.co.uk