Information Required to be Provided by Fuel Oil Dealers
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
Section 3-91 of Title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York currently requires a company selling fuel oil to provide a purchaser a delivery ticket with each delivery of fuel oil. Delivery tickets must be consecutively numbered and contain the date of delivery, the name and address of the seller and purchaser, and the grade, price per gallon, quantity, and, except in certain circumstances, the total price of oil delivered.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, together with other New York City agencies, including the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), recently uncovered various schemes by fuel oil companies and related individuals to defraud customers by shorting deliveries to residential, commercial, and municipal properties throughout New York City. To protect consumers from such fraudulent business practices, and to promote accountability of the fuel oil industry, the proposed rule would require fuel oil companies to include on each delivery ticket provided to a consumer the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the license plate number, and the seller’s identification number for the vehicle that made the delivery. This information will facilitate the lodging of complaints by consumers with DCA and the agency’s response to such complaints because DCA maintains records of fuel oil delivery vehicles by VIN, license plate number, and the seller’s identification number for the vehicle.