New Fuel Class Labels Full Speed Ahead After Legislative Approval
This entry was posted on February, 02 2013.
South Dakota House OKs Warning Labels
Fuel labels are important information resources for consumers. The last thing a motorist wants to do is fill up on the wrong type of gas, which could potentially wreck a vehicle. That's exactly what the South Dakota House of Representatives had in mind after it recently approved a measure requiring warning labels for a type of gas.
A bill allowing the sale of 85-octane gasoline in western South Dakota was put on the fast track through a legislative committee and was eventually approved.
New Legislation Changes Warning Labels
Previously, a South Dakota state agency rule had temporarily OK'd the sale of 85-octane in nine counties in western South Dakota as long as warning labels reading "Sub-Regular Octane" were placed on the fuel pump stations.
The new legislation would permanently allow the sale of the low-octane fuel in the nine counties while mandating the fuel choice display a label saying: "May not be suitable for all engines. Refer to owner's manual before fueling." The 85-octane fuel would also be renamed as "regular unleaded."
Octane is used as a measure for fuel performance, and the higher the number, the better the fuel quality. Most cars use octane with a ranking of 87, but 85 has been used for driving in high-altitude regions.