Illinois Considers Barring Self-Serve Fuel Pumping

Currently, only New Jersey bans consumers from filling up themselves.

February 13, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Illinois drivers have been able to pump their own fuel for decades, but if House Bill 4571, the Gas Station Attendant Act, becomes law that would change, reports IllinoisPolicy.org.

According to the bill, “No gas may be pumped at a gas station in this State unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station.” The bill was introduced Feb. 5 and currently sits in the House Rules Committee.

Presently, New Jersey is the only state in the nation with a ban on drivers pumping their own fuel. In 2018, Oregon loosened its mandatory gas station attendant law. Now, drivers can pump fuel themselves in most Oregon counties with fewer than 40,000 people.

Even without a ban on self-service stations, Illinoisans are feeling pain at the pump—such as the $1.9 billion in vehicle-related tax and fee hikes signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2019. If passed, the self-service fuel ban would go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.