NY allows half-pricing at gas pumps

May 29, 2008 4:25:41 PM PDT
If you see $2.05 on the gas pump, look again before you celebrate - the total price is likely double that figure. State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker says the price of fuel, now over $4 a gallon, has risen higher than pumps can calculate in some cases. Stations with non-digital fuel pumps can apply for half-pricing since older equipment can't compute prices higher than $3.99.

Signs advertising gas prices must still advertise the full price per gallon, but the price on the pump would be half that price. A sign on the pump would explain that the actual sale price is double the total amount displayed.

The half-pricing would be temporary, until the station received new computers.

The problem results from a national shortage of replacement computers.

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