BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. ? The Broward County Commission has passed an ordinance that requires gasoline stations to post the highest cost for each gasoline grade offered, the South Florida Business Journal reports.
Retailers also must clearly label prices as ?self-service? if the price only applies to self-service pumps. Earlier this year, the county commission okayed regulations requiring posted phone numbers or an intercom system on pumps for disabled motorists.
?Paying for gas should not be guess work,? said Lois Wexler, county commissioner. ?Now when you see a posted price at the gas station, you'll know that's the most you'll be charged. It should do away with the bait-and-switch practice of advertising one price if you pay with cash and a higher non-advertised price if you plan to use a credit or cash card.?
However, that won?t help rising gasoline prices, which AAA predicts will be on the upswing soon. ?With the stimulus announcement and increased tensions overseas, it?s surprising oil prices are not above $100 a barrel,? said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA. ?However, it?s very likely the cost of a barrel of oil will surpass $100 this week, as concerns of a supply disruption in the Middle East intensify. Unfortunately, it doesn?t look like motorists will see much of a decrease, if any, at the pump, as initially expected this time of year. Instead, gas prices are likely to increase.?