If you cannot see the message, please click here
April 7, 2022
Follow NJGCA:

 Inside this issue
  Executive Directors Message  











We continue to receive more interest than ever before when discussing electric charging and your options to add chargers at your businesses. Both of our webinars that we hosted with FreeWire were extremely successful and we received a good amount of follow-up after both presentations. I'm glad to see our members tuning in on this and taking this seriously. If you're following any kind of automotive news at all, you know battery electric is a growing industry. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently rolled back their previous fuel economy requirements that vehicles sold in the United States will have to travel an average of at least 40 miles per gallon of gasoline in 2026. This is up from about 24 mpg in an effort to move people to cleaner fuels and slow down the growth of petroleum products. We will keep repeating this same message that you continue to see me say; every customer that moves on to a battery-electric vehicle is a customer you will never see again if you don't offer BEV charging. We will continue to send as much information your way as we can to help you through this process as you weigh your options. If you missed the webinars and wanted to join us, you can view a recording of last week's webinar HERE. If you have any additional questions on electric charging or want to be put in touch with FreeWire, contact Nick, nick@njgca.org.


Health coverage premiums have been increasing dramatically amongst all insurers in recent months, and the NJGCA program with Association Member Trust is no different. Recently, AMT sent notices to participating NJGCA members explaining that there would be a mid-year increase in health care premiums. It is highly unusual for premium increases to be made mid-year. However, all health insurers have begun to see unusually large claims as a lingering result of the COVID pandemic. AMT has been evaluating the situation for the past few months and has determined that in order to maintain the strong financial position that our self-funded trust has always enjoyed, this mid-year premium increase must be implemented.

I have received calls from many members about this. There are two actions that I encourage NJGCA members to take, and both require you to do some homework. First thing to do is to contact AMT to discuss options that are available that will help to lower the cost of your health care premiums. AMT has provided this option in the letter that was sent to you. Often small business owners explore these options on a regular basis to ensure that they are purchasing the most cost effective health coverage for their families and their employees. The second homework task is to contact me at sal@njgca.org. I have been exploring other options for NJGCA members so that you can be referred to other choices that come with a recommendation and the confidence that you will be dealing with a reputable representative of an alternate competing health coverage plan.

Costs will be rising on all of your expenses and one of the objectives of the NJGCA staff is to try to assist you to find the best alternatives to all of the products and services that your business requires. We put an enormous effort in to finding the best choices for you to explore.

Remember, first contact AMT to see how they can lower your costs, and second contact me at sal@njgca.org to discuss another option that I have been investigating for you.


This week, the huge fleet card provider WEX announced they were severing any business ties with Lukoil North America, including canceling any existing fleet cards tied to Lukoil and banning Lukoil stations from their network. NJGCA has reached out on behalf of our affected members, as have many impacted dealers, to ask WEX to reconsider their foolish and hurtful decision. The business that comes from fleets is an important and reliable cornerstone for many stations. Its one thing for individual drivers in a fleet to choose to avoid a Lukoil branded location, it's quite another for WEX to ban them from their network and take the choice away entirely. In doing so, this hurts over a hundred small business owners across our state, especially since this action will have absolutely zero impact on Russia or Putin. While it's true that the city council of Newark rushed through a declaration calling for the closure of the two Lukoil stations in their city, it has now been over a month and those stations are still in operation, and none of the other one hundred local governments that host a Lukoil station have followed their lead, nor has Governor Murphy. We have helped make it clear to all of them that closing these locations only hurts American small business owners, not Russia.


We recently sent out a survey request to supporters of self-serve and receive more feedback on what we can do to change public opinion. If you support self-serve we are looking for your participation as we are trying to raise awareness to the motoring public of the benefits of permitting self-serve. Please share this survey link with other station owners who may not be members of NJGCA or might have not completed this survey yet, we need every supporter we can get in this fight: 



You will receive an email with an electronic invoice and a link to pay for it on or about the first of the month. When you go to the site to pay you will have to retrieve your logon information as it has changed from last year. You'll receive an email with the new logon credentials. 

When you pay the invoice, a confirmation email will be generated. Also, when you click on the "continue" link in the email, you will see the actual invoice with details and an option to print it or download it to your computer. For all other members renewing throughout 2022, this is the new procedure for billing and payment. It is important to check your emails on or about the first of the month of your renewal. Reminder invoices will also be sent out on or about the first of the month. Any questions or concerns can be addressed by emailing accounting@njgca.org          

Be Well -  

Sal Risalvato
Executive Director




  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 4900 Route 33 West, Wall Township, NJ 07753


ASE Training Course - Reach Out Today!

Are you (or an employee) getting ready to take your A6, A8, or L1 in preparation to recertifying your Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through the State's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP)?  

We can help --- but we need to hear from you, first! 
NJGCA wants to hear from students interested in our ASE-prep training program, so we can gauge demand and schedule our next session series. 

As you know, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has always maintained a "dual-track" system to allow technicians to earn their Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through New Jersey's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP). In doing so, technicians were allowed to certify as ERTs through either an ASE-test track or an ETEP-educational class track. Starting on January 1, 2020, NJDEP amended the ETEP criteria, and the ETEP-educational class track was abolished.  

Today, only the ASE-test track remains, and all ERTs must certify or re-certify their credentials though ASE to remain in the Program. 

NJGCA has recently offered an ASE-prep class to help you get ready for the A6, A8, and L1. In doing so, students were welcome to participate in a ten-session preparatory class that covered material for all three ASE exams. We also had a handful of students who joined us only for the A8 or L1 sections.  

Once completed, students took their ASE exams with a local ASE-approved test proctor (NJGCA can train you to prepare for the ASE exams, but are not permitted to offer the actual exam - students must make these arrangements individually themselves). 

Building on that success, we are now seeking student participation in our next training series session. To make arrangements and organize a session, we need to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email us at training@njgca.org ASAP. 

We'll record your interest, inquire on your availability, and schedule a class once we have a full complement of students.   

Only with your feedback can we gauge student headcount and participation.  

Please reach out to us today, and thank you for your interest! 

Contact Nick De Palma at Nick@njgca.org to inquire about potential trainings and class dates



  News Around The State  


Pelosi Rejects Gas Tax Holiday

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday poured cold water on the idea of suspending the federal gas taxes as a way to reduce the costs of higher gas prices for consumers. Pelosi acknowledged that the proposal, which has been floated by some Democrats in recent weeks, sounds appealing in theory. But she argued it doesn't help consumers much in the long term since oil companies are not required to pass on the savings. Furthermore, suspending the gas tax would take away the primary source of money for the Highway Trust Fund, which finances roads and mass transit.


America's Oil Reserve Weapon Risks Misfiring

In oil markets, the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve has a reputation a little like the one the Russian armed forces used to have - vast and fearsome, a rival you'd be unwise to tangle with. Russia's aura of military invincibility was dealt a near-fatal blow over the past month in the muddy fields of Ukraine. The Biden administration should watch out: America's most formidable energy weapon may fall flat, too.


Pump Your Own Gas? No Thanks, Say New Jerseyans

A brief but intense push to abolish a law that bars drivers in New Jersey from pumping their own fuel at gas stations has hit a speed bump, if not a complete dead-end.Nicholas Scutari, the Democratic president of the State Senate whose backing would be crucial to any law change, put an end to speculation earlier this month when he said he did not support changing the state's unique policy. . . Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store and Automotive Association, a trade group, said he believed allowing self-service gasoline would lower overhead costs, increase sales and drive down prices. Perhaps more important, he said, it would alleviate the hiring challenges now facing gas stations. A self-service option would enable station owners to keep all pumps open, rather than block off lanes when there are not enough employees, a problem that can lead to longer lines for gas, he said. . . Levent Sertbas owns three family-run Exxon stations in Bergen County, N.J. His wife, daughters and brother often work at the stations, but he said he was desperate for additional employees. He said he could hire three people on the spot if anyone showed up to apply for the jobs that pay $14 an hour.


N.J. Got More Gas Price Gouging Complaints In Last Month Than In Past 2 Years Combined

Some New Jersey drivers who are tired of being pummeled at the pump by high gas prices have decided to fight back by reporting gas stations they believe are price gouging. Between Feb. 28 and March 29, the state Division of Consumer Affairs has received 92 consumer complaints about gasoline price gouging, said Gema DeLasHeras, a division spokeswoman. That's more complaints in one month than the past two years combined.


Tractor-Trailer Drivers Pump Brakes On Plans To Block Traffic On NJ Turnpike In Protest Of Gas Prices

Tractor-trailer drivers say the sky-high gas prices are eating into earnings, and today, they tried to band together to voice their frustrations, but felt they had to pump the brakes on their plans. The drivers were supposed to leave the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop in Ridgefield and hit the New Jersey Turnpike all together at once, blocking traffic to get attention on their struggle. But they say there were too few drivers and too many state police troopers. "They used to pay us like $2 a mile, $3 a mile, and now, fuel prices are more expensive, but they are not paying more money per load," says driver Jose Estevez.


A Tanker's Giant U-Turn Reveals Strains in the Market for Russian Oil

A tanker loaded with one million barrels of Russian oil set sail from Murmansk last month, headed for Philadelphia. Then, in the middle of the Atlantic, it did an abrupt U-turn. . . The meandering journey offers a glimpse into the tumult that has roiled the trade in oil, Russia's most lucrative export, as the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia move to ban imports of Russian oil because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Visa, Mastercard to Update Pump Limit Rules

Visa and Mastercard are planning to update rules regarding pump limits, as high gasoline prices are making it difficult for some drivers to fill up in one transaction, reports Bloomberg. Beginning in next month, Visa will quadruple the maximum transaction amount that carries better interchange rates for purchases made with small-business and commercial cards, and it will raise the fraud-liability threshold to $175. Mastercard now will preauthorize transactions to $175 for consumer cards and $500 for commercial cards. The two credit card companies are implementing other fee changes that will take place in the coming weeks.


Biden's Fuel Rules Leave Room For Internal Combustion

The aggressive fuel-economy regulations the Biden administration rolled out last week are intended to spur faster development of electric cars, but they rely on a credit program that some environmentalists say undercuts the program's pollution-fighting purpose. The system allows carmakers to claim an equivalent of more than 100 miles per gallon for each EV in their lineup, potentially allowing them to meet the 49 mpg fleetwide mandate by 2026 even if the rest of the lineup is crowded with internal combustion vehicles.


Honda And GM Announce Shared EV Platform, First Model Arrives In 2027

Honda and General Motors will expand their electric vehicle collaboration to introduce a new series of models that will arrive in 2027 in North America. These vehicles will share a new global platform that will use GM's Ultium battery technology. The automakers hint that at least one of these upcoming EVs would be a compact crossover, which is hardly surprising given the popularity of this segment. They plan to produce the vehicles sharing this new platform globally. By pursuing the use of standardized assembly equipment and processes the companies want to have greater economies of scale, which should mean improved affordability.


New Jersey Man Pumps His Own Gas Successfully (Opinion)
The most recent effort to allow people the option or choice to pump their own gas was denied even a vote by your representatives. The new Senate president of New Jersey, Nick Scutari, just like his predecessor Steve Sweeney, is denying your representatives to even vote on whether or not to allow you to choose to do what all of the 49 other states have been doing for years without a problem. He cited polling that indicates people don't want to pump their own gas. The poll probably didn't ask, "Would you mind if others had the choice to pump their own gas?" That would be a more accurate indication as to whether we should allow people to do what everyone else in the world does every day. Whether New Jersey politicians are afraid of implementing any kind of change that might upset a few people for a few minutes or there's some other insidious motive behind denying people a choice, we don't know.



  Energy Information Agency Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices  

Each week, the Energy Information Administration publishes a list of average gasoline prices for the previous three weeks. NJGCA will begin including this list with the Weekly Road Warrior. Remember, these prices are reflective of self-serve everywhere except NJ.




  Member Benefit Partner Message Board  







  Classifieds: For Sale and Help Wanted Ads  

Parts For Sale: Incon TS-1000 tank monitor works well just taken out of service. Printer is aprox 2 months old. Also, Incon 8, tank probes. System replaced because on an Exxon upgrade. Call John Twin Towers Exxon (201) 224-8444