- Sep 17, 2002
Oregon is the only other state.
Seems more likely that New Jerseyans are just too lazy to get out of their cars...Bill Dressler, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline Retailers Association and Allied Trades, says there are safety concerns. While attendants are trained, many motorists would be novices. "It could be put in the wrong container," says Dressler, whose group represents about 2,200 of the state's 3,800 gas stations. There could be "somebody getting out and smoking and they didn't turn the engine off."
Corzine retreated after about 1,400 e-mails and calls poured in from a mostly outraged public. Concern about other state issues paled in comparison. A proposal to raise the sales tax by one cent, for example, received about 200 responses from the public, says Brendan Gilfillan, a spokesman for the governor.
Under the definition they use in the law, diesel is not a fuel.Maybe I am missing something but I have to disagree. It states.
12:196-1.3 Attendant duties
(a) Service stations accessible to the public shall have an attendant on duty whenever the station is open for business.
(b) Only an attendant shall dispense fuel into fuel tanks or into containers.
NJ has a strong gasoline retailers association and they have kept it illegal for anyone other than attendants from dispensing fuel and I doubt they will change their position anytime soon.
If there is a different law for diesel than I may be wrong. But the link posted only mentions diesel once and it does not say anything about it there.
That's because diesel has a very high flash point(+143f), gasoline very low(-45f). It's been well documented that folks pumping their own gasoline have caused explosions and subsequent fires, due to static charge build up and not grounding before touching the pump, as shown in the video at the link. Similar cause for the vast majority of boat fires. Dangerous stuff gasoline, the fumes even more so. Personally, I have no issues with someone pumping gasoline for me, just wish they would clean the windshield and check the oil tooInterestingly, in both states, it's legal to pump your own diesel -- just not gasoline.
Has it been well documented that there are more of these fires and explosions (per capita) in states where people pump their own gas as opposed to NJ? And is it also well documented that NJ pump attendants (who often barely speak English) are properly trained in safety procedures?It's been well documented that folks pumping their own gasoline have caused explosions and subsequent fires
Yes it has, just two studies at the links. I'm sure you can find more.Has it been well documented that there are more of these fires and explosions (per capita) in states where people pump their own gas as opposed to NJ? And is it also well documented that NJ pump attendants (who often barely speak English) are properly trained in safety procedures?
I didn't read everything there too carefully, but the main thing which stood out at the first link was the statementYes it has, just two studies at the links.
Remember, static electricity-related fires at retail gasoline outlets are extremely unusual, according to API and PEI