Saturday, March 2, 2024

New Zealand gas stations didn't work on leap day because of a software error in the payment system


Most gas stations in New Zealand are full-service, but unattended pumps are common in rural areas and are vital for truck drivers needing fuel in remote locations or during off hours.

[T]he operations manager of Smith Transport in Auckland, said that he discovered the problem around 3 a.m., when the company’s truck drivers started calling him about being unable to find working gas pumps.

“It’s created a bit of problem for the boys,” he said, adding that the biggest disruption had been in the early hours of the morning, when many full-service gas stations hadn’t yet opened for the day. Some of the truckers had to visit three different gas stations before finding one where they could fill up, he said.