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February 16, 2023
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A Message From Your Association
  A Message From Your Association  
  A Message From Your Association  

Gov. Murphy Calls for Ban On New Gas Cars Starting In 2035

NJGCA Weighs in on Federal Issues 

Attorney General Issues Fines for Payment Practices

Right to Repair Legislation Re-Introduced in Congress

New Webinar: Introducing New MBP PriceEasy!

Gov. Murphy Calls for Ban On New Gas Cars Starting In 2035

On Wednesday, Gov. Murphy gave a major address to detail some dramatic new policies designed to lower the state’s carbon emissions. Of most immediate concern to all NJGCA members are calls for the DEP to begin a process that will ultimately end with the adoption of rules that would require all new passenger cars and light duty trucks be zero emissions. These vehicles will not use any gasoline or diesel fuel at all (that means no hybrid vehicles either). NJGCA believes that while the State is free to provide incentives to help grow the EV market if it wants, we do oppose an attempt to take away customer freedom by preventing them from buying a gas car, no matter their desire or their circumstances. Currently only about 5% of new vehicle sales are EVs. If EVs are that great, then there should be no need for a government prohibition on gas powered cars, simply let the market speak for itself and let motorists decide what vehicle makes the most sense for their lives. 

It’s no coincidence that this rule would not take effect for about a decade after the governor is no longer in office. That of course leaves plenty of time for a future governor to amend or repeal these laws should the consumer market never develop, or should the massive increase in demand for battery parts and clean electricity generation not develop (which seems highly likely). California was the first state to pass a similar rule, and a few other states on the west coast and northeast have already passed similar rules or plan to in the near future. Gov. Murphy had already made this a “goal” in 2019, now he is moving to put it into law. 

While we oppose this plan outright, at the least it should be structured to allow for hybrid vehicles. We will also seek to ensure that the definition of “zero emission vehicles” includes not just battery electric vehicles, but also hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles can’t be refilled at a customers’ home, but they can pull into a retail station and in about five minutes load up with enough fuel to travel over 400 miles for a price that would be around what gasoline is. 

Also note that a gas-powered car purchased today will likely stay on the roads for 12-15 years, meaning the true sunset for gas vehicles (if this plan survives) is closer to 2050. You can read the Governor’s statement HEREand see that other business groups are already coming out against this plan HERE.

NJGCA Weighs in on Federal Issues

Last week we sent out two letters commenting on some federal issues that we are working on with some national groups. One of those issues opposes ongoing tariffs on aluminum that were put in place a few years ago. These tariffs have increased the cost of anything made with aluminum, including auto parts. This of course, in turn raises the cost for repair shops to buy auto parts and the cost of the repair itself to the consumer. It also contributes to ongoing parts shortages. You can read the letter we sent to Senators Menendez and Booker to repeal these tariffs HERE.  

NJGCA also submitted comments to the EPA having to do with a complex regulatory scheme called the Renewable Fuels Standard which tries to force refineries to use more biofuels. In practice what’s been happening is independent refiners must either blend renewables into the fuels that they produce or purchase compliance credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The costs of these RINs are so high, that many small and medium sized refineries especially in the northeast have had trouble paying these high fees, causing them to raise prices and potentially even close completely. This is a big problem for retailers in the northeast since it will mean higher wholesale prices and greater risk of supply disruption for gasoline and diesel. The northeast also largely lacks the infrastructure necessary to blend biofuels, forcing refineries to turn to RINs. The last thing we want is to turn into California, which has also has a lack of refineries and infrastructure. Because of the lack of capacity, motorists pay as much as a dollar more a gallon in cost even before taxes at the pump. Read the letter we sent to the EPA HERE, and you can read the statement we sent to the press this morning HERE

Attorney General Issues Fines for Payment Practices

We came across a story this week about the Ferris wheel in the American Dream mall (and other businesses throughout the state) being fined for not accepting cash at their businesses. The state Attorney General announced fines against businesses for violations of state law regarding how they accept payment. You probably don’t turn away anyone offering to pay cash, but the AG also issued some fines against some small businesses who were charging higher prices for credit card transactions without properly disclosing surcharges. These businesses were fined $500 each. This is why it’s important that if you do want to adopt the legal practice of charging credit card surcharges that it’s properly disclosed. The best way to ensure that everything is being reported properly is to work with a good credit card processing company, like our MBP Lou Puglisi at Card Connect. He is one of our top MBPs according to our biannual MBP survey, and a lot of people have been very satisfied with both price and customer service. Lou can be reached at 609-957-1784 or LPuglisi@cardconnectpartners.com.

Right to Repair Legislation Re-Introduced in Congress

You should have gotten an action alert from us this week to write to your representatives on federal right to repair legislation that was introduced in Congress by a bipartisan group of Congressmen. The REPAIR Act would guarantee motorists the ability to get their vehicles (including commercial trucks) repaired at independent repair shops. This bill would ensure that manufacturers must provide the vehicle owner (and their chosen repairer) all the data, tools, and equipment necessary to repair a vehicle at a fair price, including the telematics information. 

Car manufacturers are totally opposed, as they are increasingly using wireless telematics systems to evade existing Right to Repair agreements and force motorists to go to dealers to have their cars fixed and maintained. Congress will only take any action on this if they hear from small business owners. If you haven’t already done so, please take a minute to either use our already completed letter template or create your own letter to your representative, it only takes a minute. Feel free to share online as well once you’ve done the alert yourself, the more they hear from the better, and this is an important issue for consumers as well.


On Tuesday, February 21st at 12PM, NJGCA will be hosting a free webinar with PriceEasy to introduce our members to our newest MBP.

PriceEasy™ is a fuel pricing software solution for gas station owners who want to stay ahead of their competitors. They provide the most accurate competitors’ fuel pricing with 98% coverage of all gas stations in the US. PriceEasy™ is an all-inclusive software which helps fuel retailers to identify key opportunities in their market. Their software not only identifies the key competitors but also provides you with a suggested fuel price to maximize your fuel sales. They offer highly valuable business insights including fuel to non-fuel AI modeling to show you how your fuel prices affect your c-store sales. Their software company includes 4 billion external data sets to help you determine your consumer price elasticity; factoring in the weather, traffic, time of the day, day of the week, etc. and can integrate with your POS. Simply sign up for a subscription and add your site locations. Their software will map for you your site location and the top competitors in your market showing you who you are taking business from and who is taking business from you, and why?

They are the leading fuel pricing solution trusted by supermajors to help with price predictability. With their software, you can manage your fuel pricing and push pricing updates directly to your POS, pump, and digital signboard. PriceEasy™ is easily the best fuel pricing software available. 

Join the webinar to find out how this low-cost subscription could make running your station a lot easier. Click here to register for the webinar!

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  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 615 Hope Road, Building 2, 1st Floor, Eatontown, NJ 07724

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  


BPU Approves 3 To 7 Percent Increase In Power Bills

Most New Jersey power customers’ bills will go up by 3 to 7 percent starting this summer, the state Board of Public Utilities said Wednesday. In a special meeting, the board approved the results of a recent power supply auction. The auction, which took place over the past few days, consists of power generators bidding to supply energy to the vast majority of residential customers and many businesses. Prices were up compared to last year because of extreme energy price volatility, inflation and a credit crunch, though increasing renewable energy requirements were also a factor, said BPU’s consultant, Frank Mossburg, a partner at Bates White.


Here Is How Much More You’ll Pay For Electricity In NJ
It is going to cost more to cool your home this summer. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has granted rate increases to utility providers for electricity. The higher rates go into effect June 1, 2023. NJBPU Board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso announced the rate increases on Thursday. JCP&L customers will see the biggest increases at 4.8%. Atlantic City Electric customers will pay 4.1% more. PSE&G customers will be hit with a bill that is 3.3% higher. . . The NJBPU estimates monthly bills will rise between $4 and $5.50, but that is for usage of 650 kilowatt hours. Many New Jersey homes use nearly double that amount. The increases also come just as usage rises into the summer to power air conditioning units.


Auto Theft Is A Big Jersey Problem. The NJ Congresswoman Has A Plan To Fight Her

In response to the spate of auto thefts plaguing New Jersey, Rep. Mikie Sherrill introduced legislation to give police more money to fight back. The bill by Sherrill, D-11th Dist., and Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., would allow state and local police to compete for new grants under the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, known as the COPS, and Leverage existing grants from the program to purchase new equipment and hire new staff to address the problem. The funds would go to the areas of the country with the greatest problems. “These thefts have put communities at risk and families feel threatened in their own homes,” Sherrill said. “With this sensible, bipartisan legislation, state and local police will have stronger resources to help them respond to and deter thieves.”


Not Even Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile Is Safe From Catalytic Converter Theft

We've been warning you for years that catalytic converter theft is on the rise. Containing plenty of valuable precious metals, catalytic converters are worth quite a bit on the black market and it appears that (the illicit) business of borrowing them from parked cars is booming. It's gotten to the point that thieves are boldly using brightly colored exotic cars like the Lamborghini Urus SUV as getaway vehicles. If you thought things couldn't get any more doggone audacious than that, well, we have a weiner for you. According to a report from local news station Fox 5, the newest victim of catalytic converter theft is the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. We wish it wasn't true, but it is.


A New Plan To Cut E-Zpass Costs In Half For NJ Commuters

If you commute to work using the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway or the Atlantic City Expressway, how would you feel about getting a 50% discount on your E-ZPass bill? Legislation A5205 has been introduced that would appropriate $250 million to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority in order for them to offer a toll relief program for regular E-ZPass users with 35 or more qualifying transactions per month. Regular E-ZPass users would get an account credit equal to 50% of the amount paid in a calendar month for the qualifying transactions per transponder.


Tesla to Open 7,500 of Its Superchargers to Other EVs

Tesla has agreed to allow other electric vehicles to use its proprietary Supercharger network for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal and CNBC. The White House said it received a commitment from Tesla to open at least 7,500 new and existing chargers, including 3,500 250-kilowatt chargers, to non-Tesla vehicles by the end of 2024. Tesla also plans to triple its Supercharger network, with the chargers made in Buffalo, New York. Tesla already has a U.S. network of more than 17,700 fast chargers at over 1,650 locations.


NJ To Require All-Electric Cars, 100% Clean Energy By 2035

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced the state will move up its goal to reach 100 percent clean energy by 15 years — an initiative that will also require new cars sold in the state to be all-electric by 2035. . . Murphy signed three executive orders Wednesday aimed at combatting climate change. Among the state's goal to reach 100 percent clean energy by 2035, one order calls for the installation of zero-emission heating and cooling systems in 10 percent of all low-to-moderate income residential properties by 2030.


New Jersey Governor to Set Leading Clean Power Target and Follow California Ban on Gas-Powered Cars

Gov. Phil Murphy is set to unleash a new series of climate change goals on Wednesday that will give New Jersey the most aggressive clean energy target of any large state and follow California‘s ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. During a noon speech at Rutgers University, Murphy is expected to lay out a half dozen executive orders and announcements around climate change. The two boldest would transform state energy use by 2035, in homes and on the road. By then, Murphy wants the state to get 100 percent of its power from clean energy sources. Murphy plans to start New Jersey on the path pioneered by California with a requirement that all new cars sold in the state have zero emissions by 2035. The governor is also directing the state Board of Public Utilities to open a proceeding on “the future of the natural gas utility.” It would be similar to other states looking for an orderly way to reduce the burning of natural gas.


NJ’s Bag Ban ‘Makes No Sense’? Residents Are Split On Changing Law
More than half of New Jersey's residents are not content with the state's current ban on single-use paper and plastic bags, according to poll results released Wednesday out of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Forty percent of poll respondents said they support keeping New Jersey's ban as is. Thirty-three percent want the law overturned completely, and 26% said they support a modification of the law, which is considered to be the strictest bag ban in the country. "Nine months later, people are still arguing about it," said Dan Cassino, director of the FDU poll.



  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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