Published By: Manjiri Joshi
Last Updated: June 11, 2023, 20:30 IST
At least 13% consumers faced one or more instances at a petrol pump in the past 12 months where the staff did not bring the meter reading to zero before filling the tank, a survey by LocalCircles has found. Moreover, 62% consumers said they had one or more instances in the past 12 months where their car’s mileage for a full tank was significantly lower than usual, leading them to suspect that the petrol pump meter was rigged.
The survey received over 24,000 responses from consumers across 291 districts of India. A total of 62% of the participants in the survey were men, while 38% were women. Of which, 55% were from tier 1, 32% from tier 2, and 13% respondents were from tier 3, 4 and rural districts.
The first question in the survey asked the consumers — How many times has it happened in the last 12 months that the staff at a petrol pump did not bring the meter reading to zero before filling up your tank? This question in the survey received 12,091 responses.
In response, a majority, 77% of consumers, said ‘never’, and 9% did not have an opinion. Breaking down the poll, 1% of consumers said ‘over 10 times’, 3% said ‘6-10 times’, 1% said ‘3-5 times’, and 9% said ‘1-2 times’.
The next question in the survey was — Based on your experience in the last 12 months, how many times has it happened that your car’s mileage for a full tank was significantly lower than usual, leading you to suspect if the petrol pump meter was rigged? This question received 11,924 responses from across the country.
In response, 31% of consumers said ‘never’, and 17% couldn’t say. Breaking down the poll, 6% of consumers said ‘over 10 times’, 5% said ‘6-10 times’, 23% said ‘3-5 times’, and 10% said ‘1-2 times’.
The survey was conducted via LocalCircles platform and all participants are validated citizens who had to be registered with LocalCircles to participation.
LocalCircles takes social media to the next level and makes it about communities, governance and utility. It enables citizens to connect with communities for most aspects of urban daily life such as neighborhood, constituency, city, government, causes, interests and needs, seek information or assistance when needed, come together for various initiatives and improve their urban daily life.