TRENTON, NJ, February 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Legislation Sponsored by Assembly Members Caroline Murphy, Ned Thompson and Annette Chaparro was introduced on Monday allowing for a hybrid refueling model in New Jersey.
The Motorist Fueling Choice and Convenience Act would give gas stations the ability to offer self-service, while requiring stations with more than four distributors to continue to offer full-service gas pumps, giving consumers the ability to pump their own gasoline if they wish.
“Put simply, this bill will provide choice, convenience and savings to New Jersey pilots,” said Murphy (D-Burlington). “By offering a hybrid model, we can give consumers the ability to do what they prefer when it comes to filling up their gas tanks, while also giving them the opportunity to save money. “
“New Jersey is the last state of United States to only offer full-service gas pumps,” said Sal Risalvato, of Fuel Your Way NJ. “It’s time to bring New Jersey in line with the rest of the country with this common sense approach. More than 300 million people already have the freedom to pump their gasoline, why the inhabitants of New Jersey to be understood?”
Motorists already pay a premium for full-service gasoline, whether they like it or not. Gasoline retailing is the most competitive market there is, and retailers believe that by switching to a hybrid model, the price of gasoline in New Jersey will be reduced by at least 15¢ per gallon.
“With New Jersey opening up more and residents returning to work, now more than ever they should have the freedom to choose how to save time from their busy schedules,” said Ned Thompson (R-monmouth). “Motorists in all other states can pump their own gasoline, and if a consumer wants to choose not to wait for an attendant, that choice should not be denied by state law.”
The bill goes far beyond federal law in providing protections for motorists with disabilities by ensuring there will still be plenty of full-service stations. Motorists with disabilities can have their gasoline pumped for them at the lowest self-service price.
“It’s a shame that so many gas stations have had to close even during the day because they don’t have enough staff to keep their stations open,” said Chaparro (D-Hudson). “It’s time to save our small business community and get rid of the stigma. Jersey girls can do anything, including pump their own gas. Jersey girls love saving money like everyone else.”
If passed, the measure will enter into force 90 days after its enactment. For more information, please visit fuelyourwaynj.com
SOURCE Fuel Your Way NJ