State tells stations make gas prices clear

June 13, 2008 11:53:31 AM PDT
The state's Consumer Protection Department is telling Connecticut gas stations to make their signs clear if they're offering motorists discounts for paying with cash. The department met with representatives of the gasoline industry Friday and told them the state wants price signs along the roadway to be clear, conspicuous and understandable to someone driving past at 40 miles an hour.

Agency Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. says there's no single rule for the signs because there's such a wide variety of them. He says he just wants motorists to be aware of the cash price versus the credit price.

State law already allows stations to offer cash discounts, but they cannot add a surcharge for credit.

Lawmakers just passed a bill that bans franchise agreements between gas retailers and oil companies from forbidding cash discounts.