Motor Fuel Metering and Quality
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The TDLR Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program regulates the quantity of motor fuels sold in Texas by registering the companies that sell motor fuels and people who perform inspections of fuel delivery devices and the fuel itself.
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Commission Adopts Administrative Rules
August 28, 2020
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 97, Subchapter A, §§97.1 - 97.3; Subchapter B, §§97.20, - 97.28; Subchapter C, §§97.40, - 97.43; Subchapter D, §§97.50 - 97.60; Subchapter E, §§97.70 - 97.74; and Subchapter F, §97.80, regarding the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality program. The adopted new rules implement Senate Bill 2119, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), effective September 1, 2020, which transfers the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program from the Texas Department of Agriculture to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and which, creates new Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2310, Motor Fuel Metering and Quality.
The adoption justification was published in the August 28, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 6082). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2020.
Help #ProtectThePump: Look for Possible Vandalism and Report Possible Credit Card Skimmers To TDLR
August 18, 2020
Texas consumers and gas station merchants can help protect fellow Texans from credit card fraud by paying attention when they’re purchasing gasoline at the pump and reporting any irregularities to local law enforcement and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Thieves sometimes attach credit card skimmers on gas pumps to steal payment card information from customers when they purchase fuel.
Often, there are signs that show consumers and vendors there may be an issue. Does the pump appear to have been tampered with? Is the cabinet door loose or damaged? Is the card slot loose? If there’s security tape on the cabinet, does it look like it has been cut?
Whether a credit card skimmer is found by a consumer, a service technician or a merchant, the merchant is responsible for immediately notifying law enforcement and disabling all dispensers where skimmers have been located until law enforcement or TDLR investigators can remove the device. Merchants also are required by state law to notify TDLR within 24 hours.
Merchants and consumers should report skimmers via the TDLR website.
License Expiration Dates Extended
June 18, 2020
Effective August 1, 2020, license expiration dates for all active motor fuel licenses at TDA will be extended by 6 months from their current expiration date. This includes devices, suppliers, distributors / wholesalers / jobbers, class 5 and 6 service companies, and service technicians.
A reminder notice for the new renewal date will be sent by TDLR 60 days prior to license expiration. No action needs to be taken, and no notices will be sent by TDA.
To be eligible for the extension, a license/registration must be currently active (not delinquent or late) and the renewal date must be on or after August 1, 2020.
TDLR Temporarily Waives ASTM requirements
April 29, 2020
Pursuant to authority granted by the Governor, TDLR has suspended Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 5, Section 5.7(a), of the Texas Administrative Code, and waived the requirements adopted in ASTM D4814. The waiver of all ASTM D4814 requirements, including Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standards for terminals and retailers, extends through June 15th at a minimum and continues to be effective for the duration of the Governor’s Disaster Declaration. This waiver will ensure that regulated parties can continue to supply fuel to Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
15 Named to New Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup
February 3, 2020
Fifteen people have been named to TDLR’s new Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup. The statewide workgroup will provide input, advice and recommendations to TDLR and the Texas Department of Agriculture on the orderly transfer of the motor fuel quality and metering program.
Senate Bill 2119, 86th Legislature, moved oversight of the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality program to TDLR from the Texas Department of Agriculture as of September 1, 2019. Since the program transfer, TDLR has taken over investigating fuel quality and quantity complaints, as well as investigating potential credit card skimmer devices. The agency has also released a new consumer information sticker for fuel pumps. Later this year, TDLR will take over all motor fuels licensing from TDA.
“We’re pleased to have such a great group of people to help advise TDLR about the needs of the motor fuels industry, since the industry does so much to drive the Texas economy,” said Brian E. Francis, TDLR executive director. “We have a lot to learn from the workgroup and can’t wait to get started.”
Notice of Applications for Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Stakeholder Workgroup
October 17, 2019
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is accepting applications to fill twelve positions on the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup (Workgroup) established by Senate Bill 2119 of the 86th Legislative Session. The purpose of the Workgroup is to provide input, advice, and recommendations to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and Texas Department of Agriculture on the orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities related to the motor fuel quality and metering program. Service as a Workgroup member is voluntary, and compensation is not authorized by law. This announcement is for:
- Two Licensed Service Companies or their representative:
- one from an area with a population of 250,000 or greater
- one from an area with a population of less than 250,000
- Three Convenience Store Operators or their representative:
- one operator with 100 or fewer motor fuel pump devices (meters);
- one operator with greater than 100 motor fuel pump devices (meters), but less than 1,000 motor fuel pump devices (meters); and
- one with 1,000 or more motor fuel pump devices (meters)
- One bulk meter operator or their representative
- One liquid propane gas operator or their representative
- Two Fuel Marketers (includes suppliers, distributors or wholesalers) their representative
- One Law Enforcement Agency Representative experienced in skimmer investigations
- Two Financial Institution representatives or Credit Card issuer representatives
Interested persons should complete an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or by e-mail email@example.com.
This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Workgroup.
Issued in Austin Texas on September 27, 2019.
Brian E. Francis
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Motor Fuels Program Moves from Department of Agriculture to TDLR
September 1, 2019
Senate Bill 2119 in the 86th Legislature transferred oversight of the Motor Fuels program from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to TDLR. TDLR and TDA have worked closely to make sure that the transfer of the Motor Fuels program goes as smoothly as possible for consumers and licensees.
TDLR has temporarily delegated licensing of motor fuel distributors, wholesalers, jobbers, suppliers, licensed service companies and licensed service technicians to TDA.
Meanwhile, TDLR will use its regulatory authority to protect Texas consumers and to perform motor fuels investigations into motor fuels quantity, pricing complaints and skimmers. TDLR will partner with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on fuel quality investigations and prosecutions.
October 7, 2020
Previous Meeting - July 27, 2020
The first Motor Fuels Metering and Quality Workgroup meeting was held Monday, July 27, 2020 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.