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September 28, 2022
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A Message From Your Association
  A Message From Your Association  
  A Message From Your Association  

Gas Tax Scheduled to Increase Saturday

Atlantic City Passes ATV/Dirt bike Gas Station Ordinance

NJGCA Comments on High Gas Prices in New Jersey

President Biden Falsely Blames Small Business Gas Stations for High Prices Again

Gas Tax

Effective 12:01 AM October 1st, the New Jersey Petroleum Gross Receipts Tax on gasoline and diesel fuel will go down by exactly 1 cent a gallon. The total gas tax (state and federal included) will be 59.8 cents and total diesel tax will be 72.8 cents. This change will be reflective on your next fuel delivery. No action is needed on your end, there is no requirement for inventory, back taxes or any kind of tax refund. This change is only applied to new deliveries going forward. 

ATV/Dirt Bike Fueling Ban

The Atlantic City Council this week voted to pass an ordinance that would make it illegal to fuel ATV's and dirt bikes that pull up to pumps for gas if they are not driven in on a truck bed or trailer. Apparently, there is a big problem with residents illegally driving them around the streets and the city council is trying to crack down on it. Thankfully, the city Police Chief reached out to all the city gas station owners to OK the ordinance language, and apparently they were all comfortable with the change. If an attendant feels threatened by an angry customer, they are allowed to fill the vehicle without being fined as long as they report the incident to the police. Its fine to fill the vehicles as well.

These ATV's have been a growing problem in many urban areas, including Camden, Trenton, and Paterson. If your business is in an urban area or close to one, your town council may do something similar and, unfortunately, not all local officials will be as good at reaching out to business owners to approve the regulation language. So, as always, make sure you keep an eye on what your city government is doing. Feel free to email Eric@njgca.org if something like this comes up in your city and you are concerned.

Gas Prices

NJGCA was asked by ROI-NJ, a business-focused publication, to comment on gas prices in New Jersey. First, that the average retail price for gas in New Jersey is now lower than it was when Russia invaded Ukraine. While prices took a huge jump in the weeks and months following the invasion, we do not think such another jump will happen due to the worldwide markets adjusting due to current events. The second article covers the cost of gas more broadly in New Jersey, citing reasons for high prices such as lack of number of refineries and infrastructure and having to import product from overseas, and the burden of having to pay an attendant for every gallon of gas pumped. 

President Biden

President Biden once again falsely put the blame of high gas prices on small business owners this week. At a White House Competition Council meeting he said "We haven't seen the lower prices reflected at the pump though. Meanwhile, oil and gas companies are still making record profits - billions of dollars in profit. My message is simple. To the companies running gas stations and setting those prices at the pump: Bring down the prices you're charging at the pump to reflect the cost you pay for the product. Do it now.  Do it now.  Not a month from now - do it now.  And it's going to save people a lot of money." 

You may recall back in July the president made similar remarks to try to bring down the price of gas, saying "To the companies running gas stations and setting those prices at the pump: this is a time of war, global peril, Ukraine. These are not normal times. Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you are paying for the product.  Do it now.  Do it today." Perhaps the President forgot how thoroughly he was mocked last time, including by Jeff Bezos, for not understanding the way the marketplace works and that the vast majority of gas stations are owned by small business owners not billionaire oil companies. It was also a strange comment given that he has bragged about the fall in gas prices over the last three months. Unfortunately, he continues to show a lack of understanding of how gas prices are set.


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Your Association Staff



  Training Class Schedule  

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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  


NJ Could Soon Be Seizing and Destroying Obnoxious 'Boom Cars'

"Boom cars" carrying souped-up sound systems that blast music heard through neighborhoods could be seized and destroyed, under new legislation developed by a group of Democratic lawmakers from South Jersey. The bill - S3047/A4686 - was proposed Thursday so hasn't yet gotten scheduled for a hearing. What is a boom car? Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, D-Camden, said neighborhoods need to be "protected against these roaring vehicles" - defined in the bill as ones in which the internal sound system is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet away or more. . . The bill would apply the same rules to boom cars as already provided for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes operated in violation of state law. For a first offense, a vehicle would be required to be impounded for at least seven days and could then be returned in exchange for a $500 fee, plus towing and storage costs. For subsequent offenses, the penalty would increase to an impoundment period of 14 days and a $750 fee, plus costs.


N.J. Might Require Stores Sanitize Reusable Bags, Refund Shoppers After Bag Ban Goes Awry

Five months into New Jersey's ban on plastic - and in grocery stores, paper - bags, it's been, well, a mixed bag of results. Customers are still forgetting their bags at home. Some shoppers are even stealing hand baskets. And the real "glitch" in the law, according to a legislator who wrote it, is there's no good solution for handling online grocery deliveries since the ban includes both paper and plastic. Online shoppers are ending up with stockpiles of reusable bags that they're required to buy, or are being given, with every order. Among the solutions are suggestions to create a system for shoppers to exchange their reusable bags and get a refund, and requiring stores to clean and re-purpose them other shoppers. Another idea, state Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, co-sponsor of the bill to ban plastic bags, said is to retreat from the ban on paper bags, at least for the next five years for online orders, while stores develop more sustainable and practical alternatives.


Pallone Introduces the Buy Low and Sell High Act, New Legislation to Keep Gas Prices Falling

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) introduced the Buy Low and Sell High Act today, new legislation that creates an Economic Petroleum Reserve designed to continue the trend of falling gasoline prices and make money for American taxpayers by empowering the Department of Energy (DOE) to buy oil when prices are low and sell oil when prices are high. "Americans are tired of bearing the burden of our dependence on a volatile, unpredictable oil market controlled primarily by foreign dictators and adversaries. It's time for new, innovative solutions to keep bringing prices down, and that's where the Economic Petroleum Reserve comes in. By empowering DOE to buy oil when prices are low and sell when they are high, my bill helps us regain control of domestic gas prices and protects drivers from future price fluctuations," said Pallone. "Not only does this bill grant DOE the flexibility it needs to keep prices falling, but it also recognizes that our reliance on fossil fuels makes us weaker and uses the proceeds from oil sales to build out electric vehicle infrastructure. This is what a win-win looks like."


Americans Want More EV Charge Range Than They Need

U.S. electric vehicle shoppers want an EV with a range of at least 300 miles, according to a Bloomberg survey, and less than 10% of those surveyed would buy an EV with a charge range of 200 miles or less. However, 95% of car trips in the U.S. are 30 miles or less. . . Americans have historically purchased too much car for their needs, according to Bloomberg, but when consumers buy "too much" electric vehicle, they are overbuying battery as opposed to number of seats, storage space and horsepower in an internal combustion engine vehicle. According to Bloomberg, an EV that has a range of 300 miles takes 91 kWh of battery, which costs automakers nearly $11,000 to make, and that battery weighs more than 1,100 pounds. The question is whether that added weight and cost is worth it to drivers and automakers.


Cannabis Workplace Guidance Creates More Confusion

The workplace guidelines released by the state agency overseeing cannabis has employers dazed and confused over what they can do to discipline a worker who might be high on the job. Cannabis law experts and employment attorneys called the rules and their rollout vague and baffling, and said the suggestions outlined are impractical to implement and keep businesses in a "state of limbo." "I see a lot of risk from both the employer and the employees' side that's a little concerning," said Sean Sanders, a Pine Brook-based employment attorney at Frier Levitt. Earlier this month, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission issued interim guidance while it continues to develop more permanent regulations to certify workplace impairment experts, known as WIREs, regulations that are required by the marijuana legalization law. Since legalization, employees can no longer be terminated solely because of a drug test positive for marijuana. 


Winter Is Coming: Families Have to Brace for A Large Heating Bill - Again

Droves of families faced higher than average electric bills last winter due to a surge in the supply cost of the energy commodity. Unfortunately, according to some experts, this year won't be much different. Families already dealing with increased costs due to inflation are expected to pay even more than last year, according to a recent report from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA). Earlier this month, the NEADA projected that the average cost to heat a home would increase by 17.2% since last winter, rising from $1,025 to $1,202. Heating oil costs will jump an estimated 54% to $1,876, while natural gas costs may increase 24% to $709, according to the NEADA. Overall, the total cost of home heating, including natural gas, electricity, heating oil and propane, is estimated to jump from $127.9 billion to $149.9 billion this year. 


Meeting People Where They're At: Corner Stores Become Mini Health Centers

For almost 10 years The Food Trust's Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) and Heart Smarts Program has been working to transform corner stores, often disparaged as a nutritional wastelands, into community health hubs by combining training, equipment and marketing materials for owners with regular nutrition education and incentives for shoppers. Almost 3,400 participants took the nutrition lessons between August 2021 and June 2022. . . Almost $16,000 worth of coupons were redeemed last year at 30 corner stores, 28 of which are in Camden and the other two are in Trenton.


When You Can Pump Your Own Gas In New Jersey
Although there is a law dating back to the 1940s that doesn't allow you to pump your own gasoline into your car, there seemed to be hope things would change. The old Senate President Steve Sweeney wouldn't even bring a "trial choice" bill up for a vote. Then, last year we got a new Senate president, but sadly the same result. It's been a few months since the debate and conversation has come up, but no results. There is, however, an opportunity to pump your own, if you have a diesel vehicle. Somehow pumping diesel fuel is not as dangerous as gasoline. Or maybe it's that most vehicles that take diesel are trucks and most people who drive trucks are not going to put the pump back in the machine if they are approached. Either way, it illustrates the stupidity of the law that makes us the ONLY state in the nation that doesn't trust its own citizens to pump their own gas - ever. 



  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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