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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 43. )

CHAPTER 14. Fuels and Lubricants [13400 - 13620]

  ( Heading of Chapter 14 amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 591, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 14. Passing Off [13561 - 13571]
  ( Article 14 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5. )


This article does not prohibit any person from selling under his or her own trademarks, trade names, brands, or the words “no brand,” the product of any manufacturer if such person has first obtained the written authorization of the true manufacturer so to sell such product.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5.)


No person other than the true manufacturer who purchases any petroleum product shall change the designation under which the product is purchased by him or her, without a written authorization.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5.)


Copies of the written authorizations required by this article shall be furnished the department upon request.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5.)


(a) A manufacturer, blender, agent, jobber, consignment agent, or distributor who distributes motor vehicle fuel that contains at least 1 percent alcohol by volume, shall state on an invoice, bill of lading, shipping paper, or other documentation used in normal and customary business practices, the percentage of alcohol, the type of alcohol, and, except in documentation certifying the octane rating of gasoline as required by federal law, the minimum antiknock index number, as defined in subdivision (q) of Section 13400, of the products distributed.

(b) If a motor vehicle fuel product contains less than 10 percent ethanol, a statement in the documentation that the product “contains up to 10% ethanol” meets the requirement of subdivision (a) that it state the percentage of ethanol.

(c) This section, as it relates to certification of the minimum antiknock index number, applies to all motor vehicle gasoline distributed.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 208, Sec. 2. (AB 2906) Effective January 1, 2017.)


Copies of the documentation specified in Section 13570 shall be available for inspection during business hours by duly authorized representatives of the department.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1012, Sec. 5.)

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