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Oregon rule allowing self-service gas extended to May 9

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Office of the State Fire Marshal is extending a temporary rule change that allows Oregon gas stations to provide self-service on a voluntary basis, in order to address shortages of workers experienced by gas retailers statewide.

The rules change was first announced on March 28 and then extended on April 11 to April 25. On Friday, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker extended the deadline another two weeks, through May 9.

“We want to thank Oregonians and Oregon businesses for being flexible during these challenging times,” said Walker. “As we continue to monitor this ongoing situation, we feel it is best to extend this option for an additional two weeks.”

The extension of the change will still allow station attendants to help customers while avoiding face-to-face and hand-to-hand contact. It also continues to ensure physical distancing measures are in place. Attendants will continue to sanitize station equipment and fuel nozzles and assist customers with their refueling as needed.

Self-service is not mandatory. This option allows some fueling stations to maintain their operations with fewer workers and lets Oregonians, particularly essential workers who must travel, still commute without the uncertainty of not being able to find open gas stations.

Unattended self-service is permitted when a gas station owner exhausts all staffing options. Stations that do not have an attendant on duty are still required to post safety signs for physical distancing and instructions showing customers how to operate a fuel pump correctly.

This extension of the self-service rules change has not affected areas of the state that were already authorized for self-service refueling under state law.

Information about the extended rules change for self-service gasoline can be found on the OSFM website

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  1. Been out and about for weeks now- I’ve found Shell gas stations completely un-manned because of this self-serve ruling… so how does that help put people back to work ?

    1. I never buy gas at Shell because their gas is typically always expensive,
      but the workers at Shell probably went on unemployment so they could make
      $4000 a month for awhile… Freddies, Towne Pump and AM/PM have people working.

  2. Should be made permanent. Completely unnecessary and I think the only other state that does that is NJ. With this stupid rule in place gas station are less likely to remain open overnight making it more difficult to gas up in the evenings.

    1. Forcing certain groups of Americans out of their vehicles in the rain and snow- sometimes in suits, heels, with a cane- to pump their own gas is ethically questionable.

      I see nothing positive about it- for years half-wits like yerself argued that the price of gas would come down if you pumped your own- how’d that work out for ya ?

  3. I don’t know why some people want to pump their own gas. I certainly don’t…
    It’s not like it’s fun, and in reality a lot of times self-serve isn’t all that
    much cheaper. I wouldn’t mind doing it if the savings were substantial,
    but even then I would still rather not mess with it…

    -As far as late night fueling, there are always some stations open, and you could
    always get a Pacific Pride card or something similar. I don’t care if they make
    self-serve an option, as long as they also still have some attendants that will pump
    it for those of us that don’t want to mess with it…

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