Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) announced he will be introducing legislation to allow consumer choice when it comes to the dispensing of motor fuels. O’Scanlon joins the effort of Senators Sarlo and Cardinale. O’Scanlon’s bill will not only decriminalize the act of pumping one’s own gas, but also provide for self-service islands at New Jersey’s gas stations. Each facility would be required to operate at least one island full service for three years following enactment, and the bill also allows for gas retailers to charge a lesser price for self-service gasoline.
“The time has come for New Jersey to join the other 48 – soon to be 49 – States that allow self-service gas. The prohibition of self-service is an antiquated law, long overdue for a second look. No one can come up with a justified reason to criminalize the act of pumping one’s own gas. This is just another area with which New Jersey’s laws must move ahead with the times” said O’Scanlon.
“I am offended by people that argue that New Jerseyans are mentally incapable of pumping their own gas without setting themselves on fire. But I hear them. For that reason I am recommending language be inserted in the final bill that mandates signs at all self serve pumps, in bold red and blue flashing neon lettering, that reads “Do not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, set yourself on fire!!” I think that should resolve these concerns” concluded O’Scanlon.