CHAPTER 295
ENERGY PLANNING

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Sec. 16a-15. Display of signs on fuel pumps. Penalty. Display of signs posting gas price for public and members of retail membership organization. Regulations.

      Sec. 16a-15. Display of signs on fuel pumps. Penalty. Display of signs posting gas price for public and members of retail membership organization. Regulations. (a) Each person shall publicly display and maintain on each pump or other dispensing device from which any gasoline or other product intended as a fuel for aircraft, motor boats or motor vehicles is sold by such person, such signs as the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, by regulation adopted pursuant to chapter 54, may require to inform the public of the octane rating and price of such gasoline or other product. Each person selling such gasoline or other product on both a full-serve and self-serve basis and displaying the price of such gasoline or other product at a location on the premises other than at a pump or other dispensing device shall include in such display both the full-serve and self-serve prices of such gasoline or other product, in such manner as the commissioner, by regulation, may require. All signs as to price shall be the per-gallon price and shall not be the price of less or more than one gallon.

      (b) Each person shall publicly display and maintain on each pump or other dispensing device from which any gasoline or other product containing more than one per cent by volume of ethanol, methanol or any other cosolvent, and intended as a fuel for aircraft, motor boats or motor vehicles is sold by such person, such signs as the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, by regulation adopted pursuant to chapter 54, may require to inform the public of the amount of methanol, ethanol or any other cosolvent contained in such gasoline or other product.

      (c) (1) During the period commencing on May 27, 1998, and ending on October 1, 1998, each person who sells at retail any gasoline or other product intended for use in the propelling of motor vehicles using combustion type engines shall prominently display at any location on the premises at which such gasoline or other product is sold, and may maintain on each pump or other dispensing device from which such gasoline or other product is dispensed, a notice informing the public of the requirements of subsection (c) of section 14-332a. The notice required by this subsection shall be in such form as the Commissioner of Consumer Protection may require by emergency regulation adopted pursuant to chapter 54 and shall include: (A) The statement "The General Assembly and the Governor have reduced the state motor vehicle fuels tax by (insert amount) cents effective (insert date)"; and (B) the number of the toll-free telephone line established in the Department of Consumer Protection for the handling of consumer inquiries and complaints that may be used to report any violation of subsection (c) of section 14-332a.

      (2) Each person shall publicly display and maintain, in a like manner, size and print, on each sign on display to the general public intended to inform the public of the price of gasoline and each pump or other dispensing device from which any gasoline intended as a fuel for motor vehicles is sold by such person, such signs as the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, by regulation adopted pursuant to chapter 54, may require to inform the public of the price for such gasoline for such members of the public as any such sign that informs of the price of such gasoline for members of any club, members of any retail membership organization or persons who qualify for any special discount offer.

      (d) Any manufacturer, hauler, blender, agent, jobber, consignment agent, or distributor who distributes gasoline, or other products intended as fuel for aircraft, motor boats, or motor vehicles, which contain one per cent or more alcohol by volume, shall state the percentage of alcohol and the type of alcohol on any invoice, bill of lading, shipping paper, or other documentation used in normal and customary business practices.

      (e) Any person who, by himself, his agent or employee, violates any provision of this section or such regulations shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars.

      (P.A. 74-285, S. 17, 20; P.A. 75-537, S. 10, 55; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 80-436, S. 6, 7; P.A. 84-244, S. 1; 84-279, S. 2; P.A. 98-128, S. 6, 10; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 05-89, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 75-537 replaced energy agency administrator with commissioner of planning and energy policy; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 80-436 required that signs display per-gallon price; P.A. 84-244 divided section into Subsecs. and required persons selling gasoline or other product on both a full-serve and self-serve basis and displaying the price of the product in a place other than the pump to include in such display both the full-serve and self-serve price of the product as the commissioner of consumer protection requires; P.A. 84-279 inserted new Subsecs. (b) and (c), requiring invoices and signs to display the amount of methanol, ethanol or other cosolvent in gasoline or other fuel, designating prior provisions as Subsecs. (a) and (d) and substituting "commissioner of consumer protection" for "secretary" in Subsec. (a); P.A. 98-128 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), added new Subsec. (c) to establish specific requirements for the period commencing May 27, 1998, and ending on October 1, 1998 re displaying a notice to inform public of requirements of Subsec. (c) of Sec. 14-332a and redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) and (d) as Subsecs. (d) and (e), effective May 27, 1998; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 05-89 amended Subsec. (c) by designating existing provisions as new Subdiv. (1), making technical changes therein, and adding new Subdiv. (2) re posting of gas prices for members of the public and members of any retail membership organization, effective June 7, 2005.

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