TRENTON – The Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation today sponsored by Senators Shirley K. Turner and Paul A. Sarlo that would require gas stations to clearly indicate both the cash and credit prices for any motor fuels they sell.
“I’ve experienced firsthand how gas stations posting one price on their road signs but charging drivers more when they get to the pump and use a credit card,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “It’s unfair to all drivers who look to find the best price in town only to be charged up to twelve cents more than was clearly advertised. Gas stations need to be up front with what they are charging drivers.”
The Senators bill, S-1431, would require all motor fuel retailers to clearly display the price they charge for credit card purchases if it differs from the price charged for cash purchases on all signs denoting fuel prices. Retailers found to be in violation of this requirement would face a $1000 fine per incident.
“Charging two prices is becoming increasingly common as skyrocketing gas prices hurt retailers and drivers alike,” explained Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “But drivers feel like gas stations are trying to pull a bait-and-switch when they get charged a higher price for using a credit card. Drivers should have that information before they pull up to the pump.”
The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.