Self-service Gas Pumping could soon come to NJ; Perhaps even with Signs “Do Not Set Yourself on Fire”

gas lkwdAssemblyman 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.


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  1. why would they do that? Jersey has one of the cheapest prices on gas its not going to go down because of self service. this is one of the only things that New Jersey has going for it.
    o’Scanlon just lost my vote.

  2. Now lets get to work on passing something that would make New Jersey a shall issue state on conceal carry permitting. Also remove the firearm magazine restrictions so New Jersey residents are more capable of defending their family and property.

  3. The “thinking” behind self serv is that it will/may lower gas prices. The reality is the Democrats will use the “lower” gas prices as justification to raise the gas tax back to where they and call it even. The sad part is with the new money from the gas tax the Democrats will waste it on some feel good give away or give it away as pay raises. I want a full accounting of how they spent all the other money. Did you know it costs NJ 2 and a half times per mile to pave a road than any other state WHY!!!!

  4. How dumb. I don’t care about the rest of the people in other states. Let them pump their own gas. I do not want it. Hope they lose their seat upon reelection.

  5. I think it great because Gas prices may even fall lower. It great and faster to do it own and the people may lose their job but it worthed.

  6. Why do ppl like to complain
    It’s cheaper then other states PLUS they pump it for you! Yes u sometimes wait a few mins but calm it -its not NY! It’s NJ and just you wait when it’s 4 degrees outside it’s just Great the way it is
    Like drive thru banking…..

  7. Pump it yourself and the price might be a penny cheaper. However, full serve gas will go up substantially. And when it’s raining, snowing, etc. do you really want to get out of the car to pump your own gas? And you will not save time because you will have to go to the rest room to wash the gas small off your hands, like the car ahead of you does while you are waiting in line for the pump.

  8. Wow what a bunch of complainers
    There is no logical reason why I can get a fine for pumping my own gas
    That’s the point of this law

    Although I agree that there is no reason why it should be mandated

  9. I don’t want to have to pump my own gas. It’s smelly and dirty and too cold in the winter. And what about the people who do it for a living? They’ll lose their jobs. I think the whole country should go back to full service gas stations. I hate when I need gas out of NJ and have to pump it myself. Maybe it should be like in Eretz Yisroel – if you pump yoruself it is cheaper, but you still have the option of someone doing it for you.

  10. Coming from a State that you have to pump your own gas, I can tell you it is not cheaper. Instead of the gas station having to pay insurance for their employees that do pump the gas, they would now have to pay for anyone who comes to the station. That causes a rise in price not lowering.

    It is a stupid idea and as someone said leave well enough alone

  11. Hate ,hate, hate this idea what can we do to stop it. Who can we write to. They will hike up prices for full service. I really don’t know anyone personally how likes they idea.

  12. In other states it is more expensive because of taxes, not because of insurance. It is much quicker to pump your own gas.

    I have never heard of anyone setting themselves on fire by pumping gas, and in my experience there is no smell involved.

    Don’t have a strong opinion either way, but personally would rather save time amd pump my own.

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