Imagine having someone pump your gas for you. That would be awesome in the freezing cold temperature that many states are experiencing right now, but in the spring, summer, and fall, it is not a burden to pump gas.
Beginning on January 2, 2018, House Bill 2482 will go into effect in the state of Oregon. The Bill was sponsored by Representative Cliff Bentz, who represents 5 small counties in rural Oregon. With the Bill comes change for the less populated counties in Oregon, a change that every state besides for New Jersey has already made. The Bill allows customers at gas stations to pump their own gasoline into their car.
While most people are just fine pumping their own gas in the other states, in Oregon many people are in shock that they will be required to pump their own gasoline. “I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian . . . I say NO THANKS! I don’t like to smell like gasoline!” one woman wrote on a Facebook post. Another man commented “I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas . . . This [is] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”
While many people will be forced to pump their own gasoline, the “Disability Rights Oregon Act” requires self-service stations to aid customers with disabilities. Many gas stations have stated that they will keep the attendant at the pumps, but will also give the option to self-serve their own gasoline.
Although it is the “norm” in Illinois to pump your own gas, this legislation in Oregon is a huge shock for many of their citizens.