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May 19, 2022
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Last Friday, Fuel Your Way NJ and NJGCA had a statewide "self-serve day of awareness" in which participating stations lowered their prices for the day by the amount that they could lower it every day if self-serve were permitted. It was a massive success, and the earned media we received would have cost us hundreds of thousands if we had purchased that airtime. Whether you participated last Friday for our self-serve day of awareness or not, if you have orange cones that you block pumps with and you would like to help us with continuing to make people aware, we still have signs left that go on the top of the cone. See the image below for what the signs look like. These can be displayed forever until we have the law changed. There are plenty of your customers that like the idea of pumping their own gas, especially if they see pumps that are closed that they can be using. These signs were definitely effective in spreading our message on Friday. 


We still have these signs available if you would like to have them at your location.

For everyone that participated, please keep giving out the handouts you received from us (image below). For those of you who did not participate but would like to spread the message, we would be happy to provide you with these handouts so your customers can contact legislators to have the law changed. If you would like to get the handout, contact Eric at eric@njgca.org so we can get the signs and handouts to you. They come in packets of 250. 

Please email Eric if you would like to distribute these handouts to your customers

If you are interested in reading or watching some of the press on the event, see the links below:


ABC Philadelphia Channel 6: More than 70 New Jersey gas stations to prices Friday in push for self-service legislation: Full list - 6abc Philadelphia 

News 12 

CBS Philadelphia channel 3: Self-Serve Gas Could Bring Lower Prices In New Jersey But Many Residents Are Torn About Ending Tradition - CBS Philly (cbslocal.com) 

NBC NY channel 4 

Fox 5 NY: List: NJ gas stations offer discounted gas Friday (fox5ny.com) 

WPIC NY Channel 11 

NJ 101.5 radio: What gas stations are doing to save you money at the pump (nj1015.com) 

Star Ledger NJ.com: How much can N.J. drivers save pumping their own gas? Coalition gave them a peek on Friday. - nj.com 

Bergen Record NorthJersey.com: NJ gas stations offering price cut Friday to promote Self-Serve Day (northjersey.com) 

Philadelphia Inquirer: New Jersey gas stations lower prices (inquirer.com) 

Press of Atlantic City: Jersey girls (and boys) don't pump gas. Is it time they had the option? | Local News | pressofatlanticcity.com 


Gas prices are at an all-time high according to the rack data. Just since February 23 the price of gas has risen by $1.03. Wholesale rack prices jumped an average of 43 cents a gallon just last week. There have also been rumors of supply shortages of diesel which may get worse. We will keep you updated on any other predictions we feel are coming as a result of these price changes. 


On Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order issuing a State of Emergency to active state price gouging laws with regards to the national crisis around obtaining baby formula. The gouging laws are broad and effect the price of gasoline as well, so unfortunately, even though Governor Murphy is targeting baby formula, the state of emergency declared will encompass all businesses.  Additionally, on the federal level, Democrats have proposed legislation, the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act. The legislation would provide powers to the Federal Trade Commission to penalize oil companies if they can prove the company is unfairly inflating the price of gas or other petroleum-based fuels. 

What Congress and consumers need to understand is that when gas prices rise as they have been, it's not the retailer that is adding profit or gouging, it's the retailer passing along the price of the product to consumers. Retailers are at the mercy of the refiners and on any given day can receive a delivery that is as much is 30 cent a gallon higher than their previous delivery. As we mentioned in the marketplace update, the price of gas has steadily been increasing and can see sharp increases overnight. The volatility in the marketplace also causes dramatic overnight price decreases only to have sharp increases a day or two later. It's an unpredictable rollercoaster that we are not necessarily able to see coming. We will keep you updated on any movement of this legislation. 


Our scholarship application is now live and we are accepting both mailed and online applications. Last year, NJGCA awarded four scholarships to children of NJGCA members and the children of employees of NJGCA members. A total of $10,000 was awarded with $5000 being contributed thanks to the generosity of Utica Insurance. Utica Insurance is the insurance company that insures many NJGCA members. The contribution was arranged by NJGCA MBP Amato Agency. Once again, Utica has contributed $5000 towards a scholarship that is to be awarded to a student attending an automotive technical school or studying automotive technology. The NJGCA Board of Directors has also approved additional awards. Each NJGCA member will be entitled to submit ONE application that will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Applicants may be either the child of a member, or an employee, or the child of an employee that works for the NJGCA member. You can find both the mail-in application and the online application HERE. Do not forget to include the other documentation required (transcripts, essays, etc) to be considered.

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  


Why The Northeast Is Quietly Running Out Of Diesel

The East Coast of the U.S. is reporting its lowest seasonal diesel inventory on record. And some trucking companies appear spooked. The East Coast typically stores around 62 million barrels of diesel during the month of May, according to Department of Energy data. But as of last Friday, that region of the U.S. is reporting under 52 million barrels. The sharp increase of diesel prices has been a major stressor in America's $800 billion trucking industry since the beginning of 2022. According to DOE figures, the price per gallon of diesel has reached record highs - a whopping $5.62 per gallon. It's even higher on the East Coast at $5.90, up 63% from the beginning of this year. When relief is coming isn't yet clear, and experts say higher prices are the only way to attract more diesel into the Northeast.


EV Startup Looks To Former Utility Chief

EV Edison, a startup looking to develop fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles, has named the former head of Public Service Electric & Gas as its president. The one-year-old Kearny-based company is hoping to grow its business with a novel premise - attracting clients by offering both mobile charging and stationary charging technologies to help develop high-power national EV charging hubs. David Daly headed up PSE&G for four years and was part of the utility's efforts to move toward green energy. EV Edison's flagship project is already underway at a 130-acre site in Kearny, a strategic location near Interstate 95 at Port Newark, the largest port on the East Coast, and Newark Liberty International Airport. The startup hopes to build a 200-megawatt supercharging hub on the site formerly owned by U.S. Steel.


Merchants Say It's Time for Fed to Resolve Debit Routing and Fees

As the U.S. Senate confirmed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for another term yesterday, the Merchants Payments Coalition called on the Fed to finalize a year-old proposal clarifying that merchants can choose which payment networks process debit card transactions regardless of whether purchases are made in stores or online. "It's been a full year since the Fed said it wanted to resolve this issue once and for all, and the Senate has now given Chairman Powell a vote of confidence to act on what's best for the American economy and consumers," said Leon Buck, a member of the MPC Executive Committee and vice president for government relations, banking and financial services at the National Retail Federation.


Labor Department Should Halt Overtime Rulemaking, NACS Says

NACS last week joined with 92 other groups in signing a Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) letter urging U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to abandon or at least postpone the Labor Department's proposed rulemaking altering the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for certain white-collar workers. . . Labor law attorneys expect the Department of Labor to recommend higher salary thresholds for the rule's white-collar exemptions, meaning more employees would be eligible for overtime pay. As of January 1, 2020, employers are required to pay overtime for all employees earning $684 a week (or $35,568 per year) or less per year.


NACS Seeks to Block California Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

NACS on May 13 filed a petition in federal court in Washington, D.C., to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's grant of a waiver that would allow California to impose a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate and related limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The California regulations depart from federal standards. The state's ZEV mandate has been adopted by 15 states around the nation. "We strongly favor more development of competitive markets for electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and other technologies," said Doug Kantor, NACS general counsel. "But technology mandates will reduce incentives for environmental gains from a range of vehicle fuels and technologies. We should encourage innovation to meet environmental performance goals. That would be far more effective in reducing emissions and delivering the competitive prices, goods and services that American consumers deserve."


NJ MVC Could Be Forced To Make Things More Convenient For Drivers
Lawmakers want to force the Motor Vehicle Commission to end its policy of having some agencies available only for license transactions and others only for vehicle-related ones, a change its chief is reluctant to end because it's more efficient for the state. Assemblyman Dan Benson, D-Mercer, said things wouldn't go back to all walk-in, with waiting in line. But appointments would be available for all transactions at all locations. "With all the efficiencies of having so many transactions being online now, surely that frees up enough space to do what we were always doing prior," Benson said. The Assembly transportation committee endorsed a bill (A3916) at its Thursday meeting requiring the change. Benson said it might mean buying more cameras for REAL ID and scheduling extra shifts but that the MVC shouldn't settle for people making long drives to agencies just because they're less frequent.


Consumers Say Inflation Is a Big Problem

Inflation tops Americans' list of the biggest problems facing the country, with 7 in 10 Americans saying inflation is a very big problem for the country, followed by the affordability of health care (55%) and violent crime (54%), according to Pew Research. The consumer price index for food at home rose 10% between March 2021 and March 2022, and 7 in 10 consumers said they intentionally took steps to save money as a result of rising inflation in April, according to a Morning Consult poll. However, despite higher prices, consumers' reported grocery spending was 1.5% lower in March than it was the same month a year ago, and Morning Consult says that grocery demand is relatively inelastic, but higher prices are driving more consumers to opt for less costly alternatives, such as generic or store brands instead of name brands. Last month, 43% of consumers reported buying generic brands to save money, up from 36% in October 2021, when Morning Consult began tracking.


Congress Considers Energy Price-Gouging Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on legislation that would prohibit "excessive" or "exploitive" fuel prices. The bill, H.R. 7688 "The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act," would give the president authority to issue an energy emergency proclamation for 30 days over any U.S. jurisdiction, and it can be renewed in 30-day periods. During the emergency, it would be illegal to sell consumer fuel at a price that is "unconscionably excessive" and "exploitive." In addition, the bill would give the Federal Trade Commission power to issue penalties for price gouging. Consumer fuels are defined as gasoline, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, biofuel, home heating oil and liquid propane used for residential heating or energy generation.


An Opportunity For Relief The Pump - GSI

With gas prices reaching record highs across the U.S., New Jersey's high taxes on gas adds insult to motorists who are on the verge of paying $5.00 a gallon in many locations. At an average price of $4.654 per gallon of unleaded regular on Tuesday, a new record high, New Jersey's price at pump has increased by 52% compared to last year. With skyrocketing inflation across the board, the increase in fuel prices is leading to tighter family budgets while also causing businesses to raise prices for essential goods and services. But there very well could be a solution for some relief in front of us: a self-service option. Although a non-starter to many New Jersey drivers who have become accustomed to (or spoiled by) an attendant pumping their gas, there could be a tangible drop in prices by allowing customers to pump their own gas. 



  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.




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