During my recent visit to Pondicherry from my home town, I planning for a tankfull (to save the fuel bill by filling in union territory) experienced the following and am sharing this.
Petrol Pump 1 : Hindustan Petroleum
After parking the car opposite the machine I informed the lady operator for a tank full. The lady operating the pump said ok, placed the fuel dispenser on the car and started filling. While the machine is pumping she sheepishly asks "Sir, you told to fill for 300 right?" I got suspicious and promptly replied that I needed tank full. Mean while a man also an employee of the same fuel station was nearby the vending machine. After hearing my reply without ever placing the dispenser back to the machine she continued filling the fuel after stopping the dispenser intermittently around 300 and continued filling. Sensing something fishy I told her to stop filling, make it round to 600 and paid for the fuel. After paying the amount I asked why did she had set the fuel limit to 300INR when I clearly mentioned for auto cutoff and she said all petrol dispensers were not equipped with auto cutoff so she had set for 300. Since I wasnt in any mood to argue left the pump.
Petrol Pump 2 : Indian Oil
Since I always fill till first auto cutoff went to the next fuel station nearby. Here the fun begins. I asked the attendant for tank full and he said switch on your cars fuel gauge so that you can read when the tank is fill. I said auto cutoff is governed by the dispenser and not by my car or rather any car. To this he boldly questioned "Do you have any idea how auto cut off works" and to this I replied patiently from my understanding as mentioned here.
He got tensed and with a hardened face asked the lady attendant to fill up, meanwhile murmuring something to himself. After the first cut off (the click sound on the dispenser) asked the lady operator to stop, paid the amount and collected the bill from the dispenser machine. Here also the answer I got that no auto cutoffs enabled on the dispenser. (how the hell then the dispenser cut off with a click sound?)
1.Does the auto cutoff mechanism (as in the link previously mentioned) is the same that works on all Indian fuel stations or different?
2.Does all fuel stations are auto cutoff equipped? (I know its stupid but its better to have a resounding confidence right)
PS:The above mentioned stations are on NH45A near cuddalore-Pondicherry border on the left side while returning from pondicherry.
PPS: Any recommended fuel stations in pondicherry to rely on