1(1) The department shall inspect all measuring devices used in selling or distributing petroleum fuel at wholesale and retail. The department may affix a sticker to each petroleum measuring device. Using only a combination of lettering, numbering, words, or the department logo, the sticker must signify that the device has been inspected by the department and that the device owner is responsible for its proper use and maintenance.
(2) The department shall define, by rule, the tolerances to be allowed, in excess or deficiency, on all measuring devices.
(3) Each person who owns or manages a petroleum fuel measuring device shall be responsible for ensuring accurate measure by the device within the tolerances defined by the rule. An appropriate security seal shall be placed on all measuring devices found to be giving accurate measure within the tolerances defined by the department in such a way that the metering adjustment cannot be changed without breaking the seal.
(4) A measuring device that is found to be operating outside the tolerances defined by the department shall be deemed inaccurate and the department, at its discretion, shall either:
(a) Give, in writing, the owner or manager of the measuring device a reasonable time to repair the measuring device; or
(b) Condemn or prohibit the further use of the measuring device by using an appropriate security seal to obstruct the mechanism so that it cannot be operated without breaking the seal. The measuring device shall not be operated in this state again without the written consent of the department.
(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any measuring device that has been condemned or prohibited from further use by the department, without the written consent of the department.
(6) It shall be unlawful for any person to install or operate a petroleum fuel measuring device in this state which gives short measure.
(7) It is unlawful for any person to break, cut, or remove any seal applied by the department to a petroleum fuel measuring device or container. If it becomes necessary to repair and adjust a petroleum fuel measuring device during the absence of an inspector of the department, the seal on the meter adjustment may be broken by a person who is registered with the department as a meter mechanic. After repairs and adjustments have been made, the adjusting mechanism must immediately be resealed by the registered meter mechanic with a seal clasp bearing at least the name or initials of the registered mechanic. The registered mechanic shall immediately notify the department of this action.
(8)(a) All persons and service agencies that repair or install petroleum fuel measuring devices must register with the department on forms provided by the department. Any registered person or agency that has installed a petroleum fuel measuring device must report the existence of the petroleum fuel measuring device to the department.
(b) If a vendor has a petroleum fuel measuring device installed by any person or agency that is not registered by the department, that owner must report the existence of the newly installed petroleum fuel measuring device to the department.
(9) All persons and service agencies that adjust the accuracy of a petroleum fuel measuring device must use test measures that have been calibrated with standards traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology within 1 year prior to the date of the adjustment for volumes of less than 500 gallons and within 3 years before the date of the adjustment for volumes of 500 gallons or more.
(10)(a) Each person who owns or manages a retail petroleum fuel measuring device shall have affixed to or installed onto the measuring device a security measure to restrict the unauthorized access of customer payment card information. The security measure must include one or more of the following:
1. The placement of pressure-sensitive security tape over the panel opening that leads to the scanning device for the retail petroleum fuel measuring device in a manner that will restrict the unauthorized opening of the panel.
2. A device or system that will render the retail petroleum fuel measuring device or the scanning device in the measuring device inoperable if there is an unauthorized opening of the panel.
3. A device or system that encrypts the customer payment card information in the scanning device.
4. Another security measure approved by the department.
(b) The owner or manager of a retail petroleum fuel measuring device without a security measure or with an altered or damaged security measure, upon written notice from the department of such noncompliance, shall have 5 calendar days to comply with this subsection. After the fifth day of noncompliance, the department may prohibit further use of the retail petroleum fuel measuring device until a security measure is installed, replaced, or repaired. A repeat violation found on the same retail petroleum fuel measuring device will be cause for the department to immediately take the measuring device out of service.
(c) For purposes of this subsection, the terms “scanning device” and “payment card” have the same meanings as defined in s. 817.625.
(d) This subsection applies only to retail petroleum fuel measuring devices that have a scanning device.
(e) The department may seize without warrant any skimming device, as defined in s. 817.625, for use as evidence.
(f) The department shall enforce, and may adopt rules to administer, this subsection.
A. Section 92, ch. 2019-116, amended subsection (1) “[i]n order to implement Specific Appropriations 1474 through 1481 of the 2019-2020 General Appropriations Act.”
B. Section 93, ch. 2019-116, provides that “[t]he amendment to s. 525.07(1), Florida Statutes, by this act expires July 1, 2020, and the text of that subsection shall revert to that in existence on June 30, 2019, except that any amendments to such text enacted other than by this act shall be preserved and continue to operate to the extent that such amendments are not dependent upon the portions of text which expire pursuant to this section.” Effective July 1, 2020, subsection (1), as amended by s. 93, ch. 2019-116, will read:
(1) The department shall inspect all measuring devices used in selling or distributing petroleum fuel at wholesale and retail.