Yes, even a well-maintained meter can become faulty. A fuel delivery truck serves little purpose if it does not have proper dispensing equipment. To ensure accurate readings, flow rate equipment goes through a meter proving test that measures the actual fuel volume being delivered compared to the measured volume of fuel. Periodically monitoring your meter with proving services will ensure correct readings and avoid any downtime due to repairs or failed inspections.
A staff of inspectors performs unannounced annual inspections of all liquefied gas meters. These inspectors act as a third-party to protect consumers, businesses, and manufacturers from unfair practices and ensure a fair marketplace. Weights and measures legislation exists to deter bad faith dispensing. Fines and penalties are frequently assessed to a company that uses meters that are not in compliance.
A reputable company can check your meter for accuracy and will often be more strict than state regulations. Dispensing the improper amount of fuel is a costly problem, emphasizing the importance of accuracy. If a meter is tested and found to be out of compliance, it may be taken out of service. Equipment taken out of service is called red-tagged and cannot be used until a registered agent fixes the problem.