New Jersey – Pumping our pedals, not our gas since 1949

Full service gas stations are part of New Jersey’s identity. New Jersey is one of two states, Oregon being the other, that does not allow customers to pump their own gas. New Jersey banned self-service gasoline in 1949 after lobbying by service station owners. The Retail Gasoline Dispensing Safety Act, part of the New Jersey Administrative Code, states that only trained gas station attendants may pump gas. The purpose of this law is to prevent accidents associated with untrained drivers pumping their own gas, and to increase the overall safety of gas stations. Safety concerns include not exposing customers to harmful toxic gasoline fumes they may inhale while pumping their own gas.

Designer, Jennifer Baart