Mystery Surcharge at the Pump Fueling Frustration Among California Drivers

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Fresno, CA – A new report suggests California motorists are paying an extra 20-to-30 cents per gallon for an untraceable surcharge.

Lawmakers, just like drivers are wondering what’s going on.

“We just filled up 100 gallons, which is $20 extra if you count 20-cents a gallon.”

Tejpal Singh owns and operates Bahatti Transport Services. He’s been driving his own trucks since 2015. That just so happens to be the first year this 20 to 30 cent mystery surcharge started.

“If you look from 2000 to 2014 the average differential was just a couple of pennies and in no year was it more than 10 or 12 cents, in 2015 it skyrocketed.”

Severin Borenstein, an economist at U.C. Berkeley discovered this mystery surcharge while on the petroleum market advisory committee for the state. If proven true that means California drivers spent an extra $17-billion over the last three years, which equals about $1,700 per year for a family of four.

“California is like a petro island, in that there’s not a whole lot of competition and you start to see questionable things when there’s less competition in an area.”

Patrick DeHaan with “gasbuddy.com” also says the state’s environmental policies also contribute to higher gas prices.

“Every dollar counts, every cent counts. So at 20-cents extra a thing, it’s unbelievable.” says Fresno resident Anthony Wilson.

This mystery surcharge fueling the frustration of drivers who want to see something done immediately.

“The mysterious 20-cents let it go, and make it 20-cents cheaper at every pump.” said Singh.

The state’s attorney general Xavier Becerra has yet to publicy comment if he will authorize an investigation.

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