Should Oregonians be allowed to pump their own gas? | The Tylt
We can't remember a time in Oregon when this wasn't a topic of hot debate. Oregon is one of just two states where drivers aren't allowed to pump their own gas. (New Jersey is the other.) Native Oregonians and many who live on the west side of the state love it, and wouldn't have it any other way. Full-service gas stations, they argue, provide good-paying jobs and are convenient for the consumer. Many transplants, though, find the idea mystifying. Those who live in rural areas of Oregon where gas stations can be hard to staff have successfully argued in recent years that they should be exempt from the state law requiring an attendant to pump gas.
Should Oregonians be allowed to pump their own gas?
Ah, Oregon;— Conan, Son of Conan (@opelikacreek) July 18, 2017
The magical land where you can grow your own grass, but can't pump your own gas!
As a new arrival to OR, I can tell you only 48 states let you pump your own gas, and nothing is more awkward than letting someone else do it— Julia Shumway (@JMShumway) July 1, 2017
At least Oregon isn't alone.
In 2017, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill allowing limited self-service gas in rural areas of the state.