EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – In Illinois, it could soon be illegal for you to pump your own gas. Democratic State Representative Camille Lilly from Chicago is proposing the Gas Station Attendant Act. The bill states no gas may be pumped at a gas station in the state unless it is pumped by an attendant employed at the gas station.
“It’s a shell bill with a concept to address safety at the pump while creating convenience for the citizens here in Illinios,” said Lilly.
However, not everyone who lives in Illinois believes the change is needed. Some concerned that gas stations will have to hire additional employees to operate all of those pumps.
“Your minimum wage and all that going up is going to hurt everybody. Now Chicago is a little bit different because everybody gets paid more up there but down in this area, it’s different,” said Illinois resident John Cox.
“If someone were to come in and ask me to pump their gas for them because they needed help, that would be fine with me. Just to have someone have a job just for that specific reason is pretty unnecessary,” said Illinois gas station employee Christopher Wilton.
“There’s exceptions to that, like older people, some who can’t really get around well they could have someone pump theirs,” said Illinois resident Garrett Stone.
Lilly tells WGN in Chicago, she expects amendment but hopes to see attendants as an option at all stations by 2021. The bill has been referred to the House rules committee but no votes have been taken. If the bill is passed, it would go into effect January 1, 2021.
New Jersey is the only other state with a blanket ban on self service at gas stations. Oregon has a similar ban, but allows self-service in counties with less than 40,000 residents.
(This story was originally published on February 11, 2020).