After days of gasoline costs rising and rising, you might be grateful to learn how San Diego County watches out to make sure stations aren’t cheating you of the amount of fuel you paid for.

The county Department of Weights and Measures sends inspectors out to pump gas gas throughout the region, offering seals of approval if stations pass, but red tags if they don’t.

The inspections, one official said, offer the consumer “peace of mind” that they are getting what they are paying for. He declined to say how many pumps come up short of the amount of gas they profess to be offering.

Meanwhile, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is stablizing, but remains up compared to a year ago.

In San Diego County, it dropped six-tenths of a cent Friday for the second consecutive day.

The decrease is the third in a row following a five-day streak of increases that pushed the average price to its highest amount since Feb. 27, 2013, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price of $4.279 is three-tenths of a cent less than a week ago, but 23.9 cents more than a month ago and 40.2 cents greater than one year ago.

– City News Service

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