The Texas Department of Agriculture regularly performs calibration tests at retail gas stations to ensure the station is not deceitful, by overcharging the customer at the pump. While they do their best in monitoring the gas retailers, it is possible fall through the cracks.
This is why, on Thursday, September 1, 2011, the Texas Department of Agriculture announced that it has integrated QR Codes, making it mandatory for them to be displayed on retailers’ gas station registration. The department believes this will help them monitor those gas stations who are trying to cheat their customers.
“Through this consumer information sticker, drivers can use their Smartphone to go on site, find out the history and the information about the location that they’re filling up their car,” said Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
First you’d need to download a QR Code scanner. Then, when you get to a gas station, all you must do is pull out your Smartphone and scan the QR Code to see reviews past customers submitted about that location. Or, if you have a bad experience, scanning the QR Code will also direct you to a site where you can leave a complaint for future customers to read.
“Fifteen million motorists in Texas can be inspectors and the eyes and ears of the Texas Department of Agriculture,” said Staples. If there are no QR Codes to be found at the gas station, then you should call the state to report it.
Approximately 95% of gas stations abide by the rules, but for those that do not, the fines they will face have been increased substantially. Hopefully the Texas Department of Agriculture will be successful in weeding out the bad seeds.
Will you be scanning these QR Codes before you pump gas? It might be worthwhile to see what people are saying about your gas retailer.