Handbook 44 now requires all receipts to identify dispensers “by either an alpha or numeric description.” Protesters
noted that the regulation provides no exception for small
facilities that might have only one dispenser.
E15 labeling. The second passed proposal that might
affect PEI members is a revision to clarify E15 labeling and
harmonize language with the Federal Trade Commission’s
(FTC’s) labeling requirements and Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
Instead of providing speci;c language in NIST
Handbook 130 that must appear on retail dispensers, the
revised rule refers to: the FTC Automotive Fuel Ratings,
Certi;cation and Posting Rule; Title 16 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (CFR); and the EPA’s pump labeling
requirements under Title 40 of the CFR.
Voters in Tulsa approved a massive update to the
uniform fuels and lubricants table in NIST Handbook 130.
The table de;nes octane ratings and acceptable additives
along with dispenser labeling. This update is intended to
align the NCWM’s reference with other regulating bodies,
such as ASTM International. New de;nitions also were
added for alternative fuels.
A skimmer task group met in Tulsa to discuss the ongoing problem and possible actions.
Credit card skimmers continue to frustrate retailers,
technicians and regulators. Weights and measures of;cials,
particularly, ;nd themselves on the front lines, and many
jurisdictions are ill-equipped to handle the onslaught.
Florida of;cials said they ;nd 30 to 50 skimmers a week,
but in their estimate, that’s 5 percent of installed skimmers.
More than 90 percent of found skimmers, they said,
were located behind security tape — the most common
defense. The experts said ever-changing technology is
why skimming rings seem to stay one step ahead of law
Dispenser manufacturers offer more secure locking
options to limit access to cabinet interiors. Some thieves,
however, are gaining card data without opening dispensers,
New devices called “shimmers” can compromise the
latest EMV-compatible card readers and can intercept card
data before it’s encrypted.
Several regulators asked about detection devices and
apps. Mobile apps, the experts said, are next to worthless
because they detect only the crudest form of Bluetooth
A couple of companies exhibited more capable devices.
Some devices detect the more advanced Bluetooth skimmers, as well as Wi-Fi and text message technology.
A retailer asked why credit card issuers aren’t more
receptive to stopping skimming in the U.S. He compared
European chip and PIN technology that nearly has elimi-
nated skimming in Europe with the less secure U.S. cards.
A presenter from Connexus, a technology innovation and
advocacy group, explained the differences in EU-mandated
chip and PIN vs. the chip and sign cards used in the U.S.
Card issuers consider chip and PIN a hassle for consumers
and a burden on retailers who still use swipe technology.
Another participant said retail fuel sales fraud is a small
segment of the total credit card universe.
Experts said contactless payment is the safest option to
pay at the pump, whether by card or mobile app. Many
hoped contactless payment technology would leapfrog EMV,
but low adoption rates and consumer mistrust have hampered its success.
For now, the NCWM task group focuses on educating
regulators and making resources available to help states
understand how to identify skimmers, get them out of dispensers and report them to authorities.
PEI will continue to report on these issues, NCWM
voting results and any new business that might be of interest
to PEI members.
The NCWM Interim Meeting will be Jan. 13-16, 2019,
in Charleston, South Carolina. For details and dates of
regional meetings, visit www.ncwm.net.
J. Rex Brown is PEI’s director of information
technology and representative to the NCWM.
Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.