The decision came one month after Thanh Nien published an investigative report exposing meter tricks at the station
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday said they have revoked the business license of a gas station in District 1 which used meter tricks to rip off its customers.
The station Tran Thien
, located at 61 Tran Hung Dao Street, will be shut down for at least three and a half months.
Officials will consider if it deserves a new business license later.
Its owner Tran Luong Thang, who had admitted all the violations that Thanh Nien revealed in an exposé on September 21, also has to pay a fine of VND96 million, or around US$4,300.
The station served a large number of drivers every day, thanks to its prime location.
Last month, Thanh Nien reporters spent several days around the station to record its activities and found that, in many cases, pump assistants did not reset their meters for new customers.
Sometimes they only changed the meter back to zero after four consecutive refills, taking advantage of customers who did not pay close attention to the numbers on the small display.
Many did discover the trick and refused to pay. The station's employees would intimidate them and the customers ended up paying anyway to avoid trouble.
When questioned by a Thanh Nien reporter, some of the employees became agitated and threatened violence.
Right after the report was published, together with video recordings, hundreds of readers contacted Thanh Nien saying they had been overcharged by the station for years.
Officials somehow chose not to take action against the station, until now.