"Once passed, this bill will provide workplace safety to gas station owners and employees & protect innocent bystanders from risk of gas thefts and drive offs," says Bryans. "The OCSA has been the driving force of this Bill in conjunction with the Chiefs of Police Association and pleased to see the support of all parties at Queens Park."
Bryans says the legislation will go a long way in eliminate small business losses, while freeing up police services in the province.
Several provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia, already mandate pre-pay at the pump. Earlier this year, the Board of Police Commissioners in Prince Albert, Sask. recommended a new gas-and-dash bylaw following high volume of fuel theft complaints
While most gas stations offer the option to pay at the pump, benefits of mandated pre-payment include:
- Preventing potential injury to retail associates and employees.
- Preventing theft for retail owners who are relying on the small margins they require to earn a livable wage.
- Relieving the burden on law enforcement which has limited capacity to assist in “gas-and-dash” cases.