Are you visiting a petrol pump to refill fuel tank? Here are 6 services which you can get there for free – News9 LIVE

People get their vehicles filled with fuel at a petrol pump in Gurugram. (Photo credit: PTI) 
New Delhi: A visit to the petrol pumps has terrified the common people in recent times, with a hole in the pocket seeming to be the natural outcome after the fuel tank was filled. Finally, on May 21, the Government of India slashed the excise duty by Rs 8 per litre on petrol and Rs 6 per litre on diesel on May 21, much to our relief. And on top of that, on the next day i.e. May 22, petrol and diesel prices declined after remaining static for 45 days in a row. The reduction in the excise duty brought down the price of a litre of petrol and diesel by Rs 9.5 and Rs 7, respectively.
Now, we will talk about something which will come in handy to you whenever you visit a petrol pump. Whenever you go to a pump, you generally avail of two services: Fill up the fuel tank or conduct a thorough check-up o your vehicle. But do you know that there are certain facilities which you can avail of in a petrol pump? Moreover, these facilities are completely free and no operator can refuse to provide these facilities. In fact, there are rules regarding this in the Marketing Discipline Guidelines and you can refuse a complaint against the pump owner if you are not provided with these facilities. Pretty cool, right?

In this article, we will take a look at those facilities which you avail of for free in a petrol pump:

Sounds a bit odd? Well, every petrol pump must have an air filling machine. The station can use the machine to fill the air in the tyres of your vehicles without charging a paisa. You can opt to use this facility even if you have not gone to the petrol pump station to fill up the fuel tank of your vehicle. If the station asks you for a fee, you have the right to file a complaint. This can either be with the management team at the petrol station or online.

If you are sceptical about the quality of fuel and want to check it, this service is for you. You can ask for a filter paper test for petrol or diesel at any station, and it will be done for free. Not just this, you can also ask an attendant at the petrol pump to check the quantity of your fuel.

God forbid, but if you meet with a road accident, or witness one, then the first aid kit at the nearest petrol pump will be immensely useful. If you want a first aid kit, then go to your nearest petrol pump and ask for one. Petrol pumps require to have updated first aid kits with all the necessary and important medicines and equipment which you can use to treat an accident victim.

Imagine you need to an urgent call, but either you don’t have your phone with you or the battery charge of the phone is very low. In such a scenario, don’t panic and go to the nearest petrol pump station to make a free phone call. Every petrol pump station must have a telephone which a person can use in case of an emergency.

Sometimes, we do need to use a washroom while travelling on a transport, and the situation becomes especially difficult for women. If we can’t find a public toilet, then things can become very uncomfortable. In such cases, if you happen to see any petrol pump nearby, just go there without a second thought. Every petrol pump must have a clean and hygienic toilet for the common people to use. Do note that you don’t have to be a customer to use this facility.

Every petrol pump station must provide clean drinking water for free. You can either have a drink right there or fill your bottles with water. For this, the pump owner must install RO water purifiers at the station. Some petrol pumps also maintain refrigerators which can help you on a hot and humid day to quench your thirst with chilled drinking water.
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