A Brief Tutorial on How to Pump Gasoline Into Your Vehicle — For Oregonians
…but the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic prompted some exceptions; and a recent heat wave resulted in the temporary suspension of the prohibition of self-service fuel to protect employees from being exposed for long periods of time in the dangerous heat.
The reasons why self-service fuel stations are not permitted in portions of Oregon are similar to those of New Jersey, which are mainly for safety, financial, and political reasons.
A time once existed when fuel stations offered a choice of full-service — through which attendants offered to clean your windshield and check the level of your oil while the tank was filling with fuel — and self-service, which only requires that you pump your own fuel at a lower price per gallon…
…but due to both the cost of retaining personnel to operate and maintain service and motorists willing to save money by pumping the fuel themselves, the full-service concept became virtually extinct — and rarely does anyone hark on the bygone days when attendants paid compete attention to their vehicles.
I personally have never had a problem pumping my own gasoline — regardless of wherever in the world I may be at the time. I pumped my own diesel fuel in Iceland; but attendants at the fuel stations along the toll roads in Morocco pump the fuel into vehicles instead of the motorists.
Other articles at The Gate which pertain to pumping gasoline at fuel stations include: