N.J. Bill Would Allow Drivers to Pump Own Gas

TRENTON (AP) -

With New Jersey soon to be the only state banning self-serve at gas stations, a bill being introduced in the Assembly may soon change that.

Under current law residents are not permitted to pump their own gas.

Republican Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said Saturday the bill would call for a three-year period where merchants can offer self-service gas but must also provide full service. A similar measure has been introduced in the Senate. O’Scanlon says his bill would be introduced in June.

O’Scanlon calls the current law, which was enacted in 1949, unnecessary and says it can lead to inconvenient waits at the pump. Supporters of the current law say it promotes safety.

“New Jersey is the greatest state in the country,” O’Scanlon said. “We have plenty of things to be proud of. I’m not going to lament this outdated government regulation.”