Reader Fresh Collins asked the V.I. Answer Desk to find out why "the majority of gas stations on St. Thomas have inoperable air pumps." Fresh also wondered about "What can be done to ensure that gas stations have operable air pumps for motorist at all times?
Collins also noted that the following St. Thomas gas stations—HomeTown Anna’s Retreat, Rodriquez, Texaco Tutu, Texaco Smith Bay, and On The Run—all left him flat in his search for air.
According to Shayla Solomon at the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, gas stations in the territory are required to have working air pumps; not only is it a requirement, but stations can be fined if their air pump is not working.
Stations are inspected weekly and this includes the air pumps. However, Solomon said, it’s very important for the public to contact DLCA as soon as they find an inoperable pump.
“They can call right there from the gas station,” Solomon said. “We need to know as it is happening.”
Consumers who observe an inoperable pump should call the DLCA Office of Weights and Measures at 774-3130 on St. Thomas, 777-2226 on St. Croix and 693-8036 on St. John.
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