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Self Serve Gas Stations Could Be Coming To New Jersey

A new bill has been introduced that would give New Jersey residents the ability to pump their own gas when fueling up at a station.

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-13) announced he introduced legislation to allow consumer choice when it comes to the dispensing of motor fuels.

"(The 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," a release from O'Scanlon states. "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."

O'Scanlon said that chafing the law is "overdue."

"The time has come for New Jersey to join the other 48 - soon to be 49 - States that allow self-service gas," O'Scanlon said. "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.

The law that disallows the pumping of one's own gas was enacted in 1949 and it has not been changed since that time.

The bill would have to be heard by committees in the senate and assembly. Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, who with Senator Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen co-sponsored a similar bill which has already been assigned to a senate committee.

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