Bridgeport auto shop fined for failing to lower gas prices

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FILE PHOTO: Nunes Auto Repair in Bridgeport was fined $7,000 for failing to lower gasoline prices after Connecticut’s tax was suspended in April, the attorney general’s office said.

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BRIDGEPORT — A city auto repair shop was fined $7,000 for failing to lower gasoline prices after the state tax was suspended in April, the attorney general’s office said. of Connecticut, William Tong.

Nunes Auto Repair, at 478 Iranistan Ave. in Bridgeport, only lowered its gas prices by 25 cents four days after the tax holiday went into effect on April 1, Tong’s office said in a press release. The company also hasn’t completely lowered its prices for mid- and premium-grade gas, Tong said.

“The gas tax exemption was enacted — and extended — to give families a break,” Tong said. “Nunes Auto knew the rules and continued to charge consumers a tax that the station did not pay, even after knowing it was under investigation. Not all price increases are price increases. prices or don’t violate the law, but when companies take advantage of consumers, my office will enforce the law.”

The tax exemption took effect on April 1 and was extended until November 30, Tong’s office said. During the holidays, gas stations are required to reduce their gas prices by the cost of the state tax, Tong said.

Tong’s office has received more than 300 complaints about gasoline prices since March. The complaints relate to the gasoline tax exemption and the general rise in gasoline prices, Tong’s office said. All complaints have been investigated, his office said. Tong’s office said it opened investigations into 12 gasoline tax complaints and 93 for price gouging.

There were two enforcement actions, including Nunes Auto, involving gasoline tax violations, his office said. The other investigations remain open, officials said.

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