New Jersey is now officially the only state where customers are not allowed to pump their own gas.
Oregon’s Governor, Tina Kotek, signed a new law on Friday that lifted the ban on self-serve, making the Garden State the last and only state where it is not allowed.
In New Jersey, it’s been illegal for drivers to pump their own gas since 1949, which was then considered a safety hazard. In March 2022, the New Jersey Legislature introduced the “Motorist Fueling Choice and Convenience Act,” which would allow drivers to pump their own gas. It would also still require stations with more than four dispensers to continue to offer full-service gas pumps, giving consumers the option to pump their own gas.
Gasoline retailing is the most competitive marketplace there is, and retailers believe that by moving to a hybrid model, the price of gas in New Jersey will be reduced by at least 15¢ per gallon.
“New Jersey is the last state in the United States to only offer full-service gas pumps,” said Sal Risalvato, of Fuel Your Way NJ. “It’s time to bring New Jersey up to speed with the rest of the country with this commonsense approach. Over 300 million people already have the freedom to pump their gas, why shouldn’t the people of New Jersey be included?”
So far, the bill has not come up for a vote.