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Can petrol pumps give short measures?

I filled up with Shell V power at my local filling station today. Previously I have never been able to get more than 42 litres of fuel in, today it took 49 litres and still hadn't shut off. I have a 62 reg Polo with a tank capacity of 45 litres. I hadn't spilt any fuel, there were no puddles on the floor. I mentioned this to the till person but she denied knowing of any problem. Who is the body to report my suspicions of short measures please?

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The tank capacity is stated as 45 litres, but it's more than that to give you a reserve. The issue of short measures used to be handled by Weights & Measures, which became Trading Standards: www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office
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