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OR gas laws: Much ado about pumping

OR gas laws: Much ado about pumping

A new law in OR allowing some gas stations to dump the attendant in favor of self-serve stations has caused quite the uproar across the state. OR and New Jersey are, infamously, the only states mandating by law that gas stations employ people to pump fuel.

- Tina Good, Facebook "I don't even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregon.I say NO THANKS!"

"I say No too many creeper out there An it will take a lot of jobs away they need their jobs and I don't feel safe out there ethier!" "I don't want to smell like gasoline!" another woman wrote.

"I'm 5'2" and petite and often have to pump my own gas before dawn heading to work.

"If you read the comments on here you'd think that 48 other states are total anarchies run by neglectful parents and people who hate the elderly".

His gas station had already changed to "sundown to sun-up" self-serve gas when the state legalized it in 2015. Many people are not capable of knowing how to pump gas and the hazards of not doing to correctly. Personally, I've never not pumped my own petrol. I can remember walking to the gas station with a coffee can to get gas for the lawnmower as a child, pumping the explosive liquid myself, then carefully walking back while trying to keep the stuff from sloshing over the sides.

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For what it's worth, KGW anchor Brenda Braxton admitted in August 2017 that she had just pumped her own gas for the very first time in her life.

Multiple legislative attempts and ballot measure to eliminate the self-service ban have failed, with some local politicians referring to it as the untouchable third-rail, just like the lack of state sales tax. Numerous commenters were concerned about the hazards of pumping their own gas like.

In 1951, when OR first passed the law mandating gas station attendants, the rule made sense.

"Our experience after nearly 13 years is that out-of-state residents are very capable of dispensing [their] fuel and the majority of Oregonians delight in being able to if we are swamped", Downs said. But for whatever reason, OR and New Jersey decided against repealing their laws, either to save jobs OR because the people in those states are naturally stubborn traditionalists.

While there may have been safety concerns 65 years ago, Oregon's ban on self-service gas stations is becoming increasingly ad hoc over time.

Medford, a city of more than 70,000 in Jackson County, has too many people to qualify for self-service.


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