Local government — St. Thomas
The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) reminds all fuel retailers throughout the territory that they are prohibited from increasing their prices at the pumps in anticipation of a wholesale increase. With any wholesale price increase, retailers must provide all required documentation to the department and receive approval before taking any action. Any increase in the price of gasoline, diesel, or marine fuel by any wholesaler or retailer operating in the territory without the prior written authorization of DLCA, shall be in violation and subject to administrative actions to include fines and possible revocation of the business license, according to a press release issued on Monday by the DLCA.
Although wholesale prices may experience planned increases periodically, retailers are prohibited from increasing their prices without providing documentation to the Department as proof of purchase of the new fuel shipment. The latest rack rate price change reported by Hovensa, effective July 30 through Aug. 5, indicates an increase on regular fuel by .5 cents per gallon and an increase on premium fuel by .17 cents per gallon. Diesel fuel remains unchanged.
With the volatile fuel market and economic challenges that residents are faced with, DLCA continues its information campaign designed to better assist, educate, and protect consumers.The following tips should be considered by consumers in an effort to conserve fuel:
· Shop around. The DLCA gas survey can help you find the lowest gas prices in your area. Also, many gas stations advertise regular weekly specials at their locations.
· Start driving as soon as the engine is started. Modern engines don’t need much time to warm up. The engine actually warms up more quickly once the car is operating, and will stay warm after stopping.
· Don’t speed. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour. According to Fueleconomy.gov, each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.
· Avoid unnecessary idling. It wastes fuel, costs you money and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a wait.