Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, right, observes as the Mercer County Office of Weights and Measures conducts the first of many inspections of home heating oil trucks in Mercer County to ensure meters are accurate and consumers are protected.Full size photo

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, right, observes as the Mercer County Office of Weights and Measures conducts the first of many inspections of home heating oil trucks in Mercer County to ensure meters are accurate and consumers are protected.

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TRENTON, N.J. -The Mercer County Office of Weights and Measures conducted inspections of 11 fuel oil trucks today to start its annual checks as colder weather draws near.

The Weights and Measures office used its prover, the only certified prover in Mercer County, to ensure that the meters and registers on trucks owned by Princeton Fuel Oil of Hamilton were accurate.

For each truck, the office pumped 200 gallons of home heating oil into the prover, which allowed the County to measure whether Princeton Fuel Oil's equipment was accurate and ready for the winter. Each truck measured today at the County's Department of Transportation facility on Scotch Road in Ewing passed inspection.

"With the start of the heating oil season, we want to make certain our residents who are reliant on this oil to heat their homes are getting what they pay for," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "Our Weights and Measures office works hard day in and day out to protect consumers in Mercer County."

The Weights and Measures office will continue inspections throughout the fall in order to inspect each of the approximately 75 fuel oil trucks operating in the County. Should a truck fail, the County will condemn that vehicle until the problem is fixed and then retest it.

About 20,000 households in Mercer County-or 14 percent-use heating oil, according to the 2005 U.S. Census.