New law in OR allows residents to pump their own gas


A law that took effect in OR on January 1, 2018 allows customers to pump their own fuel at gas stations.

OR just left New Jersey as the only state whose residents are not out in the cold. pumping their own gas, that is.

Posted to Facebook last Friday by CBS station KTVL, the post asked if OR should allow self-serve gas stations across the state.

Some commenters said they didn't want to pump their own gas because it's unsafe, they don't want to get out of their cars in the cold weather, they're anxious about transients, or because they're afraid of smelling like gas if they spill it on their hands or clothes. I say NO THANKS!

In the vast majority of states across the US, if you want gasoline, you have to pump it yourself. Now, drivers may pump their own gas in almost half of Oregon's 36 counties.

Others took the opportunity to ridicule the hysteria over self-service gas: "Pumped my own gas my whole life and now my hands have literally melted down to my wrists".

"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".

We Michiganders know that sometimes pumping your own gas can be terrifying. It simply gives retailers in sparsely populated communities, or about half of the states' counties, the option to do so - and some have said they will continue their business practices regardless of the law. Yes, that means there is a slough of drivers who have never pumped their own gas before. She was successful in her attempt, but said she prefers having her gas pumped for her. In Catsop, Tillamook and Curry counties, people can pump their own gas between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. I laughed said I am from Idaho, I'm fully capable, you can leave...

"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.

Stations employ 10,000 pump attendants, it's a convenience, most New Jerseyans feel strongly about it, and it's a matter of safety, he added.

The new law is causing concern for some drivers in OR for a variety of reasons.

If you consider that a gas station would have to hire more people to pump your gas in comparison to a self-service model; it falls into an automation debate over jobs.

Let us first deal with the actual change in the law, originally put in place in 1951 for a number of reasons.

People across the USA are getting in on the fun, too.