Station owners, not brands, choose gas prices – Daily Bulletin


Q Dear Honk: I’ve wondered for years: why do gas stations of the same brand, located near each other, have different prices for their gasoline? We have several Arcos, for example, in Torrance, Gardena and Lawndale, and they all have different prices. Some of them are only a few blocks away. It drives me crazy to fill up and drive five blocks and find gas 10-15 cents cheaper. And, yes, I understand the different prices for different brands.

—Dave Kingsley, Torrance

A. There are brand agreements with gas producers that spell out the requirements. They could include that the resort must only sell that brand, that it’s freshly painted, and/or meets certain employee or environmental guidelines, said Sam Baylessdirector of policy for the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance, which represents gas station owners and other industry players.

But the price of gasoline is usually left to the owner of the gas station, which is usually not owned by the company whose big brand name is displayed on the signs.

“The majority (of stations) are owned by someone who owns one or two stations,” Bayless said. “You’re free to sell it for $100 a gallon, but you won’t sell a lot of it.”

(Friends, he was just making a point – he wasn’t saying we were heading there, even though it looks like it, huh?)

Overheads, competition, location, supply and demand and the amount paid by the station for that round of gas may come into play. Perhaps a station has leftover gas from the purchase of last week which was much cheaper than this week’s. The owner can choose to dive lower than the competition – or not.

Q When will the California Highway Patrol truck scale on Hwy 91 eastbound be operational? No more Sacramento bureaucracy.

—Andy O’Connor, Lake Forest

A. Back in October sergeant. Kenny Hagermanwho oversees operations at the two weigh stations there in Anaheim Hills for the California Highway Patrol, told Honk he hopes the eastbound one will open by Dec. 1.

In 2021, not in 2022.

Both facilities were sagging with age, so they were torn down and rebuilt.

Caltrans, which is responsible for handing over completed weigh stations to the CHP, had problems reopening the eastbound station, which closed in February 2020. Meanwhile, the westbound weigh station, which closed late 2018, reopened last June. .

Hagerman said in October that the main holdup on the east side was a sign directing truckers to the weigh area. The original company that was supposed to make it fell victim to the pandemic, and another company stepped in to make it. Also, the panel mounting was apparently rusty and needed maintenance.

Weigh stations ensure trucks don’t haul too much which can damage highways, and also provide a place where large rigs can be randomly inspected to ensure brakes are in good condition condition to protect drivers and other motorists on the road.

sergeant. Hagerman checks in on progress every Monday. This week he told Honk: “I received a return email from Caltrans this afternoon advising that the contractor was still waiting for the panel to be brought to the job site for installation due to problems of slow delivery!”

Besides installing the sign, some inspections will also need to be completed.

“If all inspections are approved, then Caltrans expects to hand over the weigh station to CHP in three to four months,” said Nathan Ablera Caltrans spokesperson.

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