Full-Service Gas Ordinance Could End In Local Borough

MOUNT PLEASANT (KDKA) — People in one Westmoreland County town may soon be pumping their own gas if a decades-old ordinance that requires full service pumps is changed this week by the borough council.

Naveed Chowdrhy has been running the Valero station on Main Street in Mount Pleasant for about eight months.

He says the borough’s ordinance is making it impossible for his business to survive.

The ordinance was started to assure easy service for the handicapped and elderly, but Chowdry says that’s only about 4 percent of his customers.

“Very small part of business we have senior citizens,” he told KDKA-TV.

He says operating full service pumps requires an extra employee and also keeps people from coming inside to by snacks, cold drinks and what he touts as the best coffee in town.

That’s why he’s asking for a compromise.

Mayor Jerry Lucia says gas station owners have tried unsuccessfully to change the ordinance in the past, but Chowdrhy and the other station in town have made a unique proposal.

“They have offered to have several days of full service so that’s giving an offer to the citizens that they can still have full service on those particular days,” he said.

Chowdrhy’s station is even taking it a step further.

“Seven days a week if you’re elderly or handicapped or phobic about pumping your own gas, just ask and we’ll be right out there to help,” Beth Lovar, a gas station employee, said.

The borough council will hold a public meeting about the proposed ordinance change at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before voting on the issue.

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  • susie

    word on the street is that sheetz wants to move into mt. pleasant..maybe that is why the borough council is suddenly considering a change to the code…too bad they couldn’t have done this years ago and saved some businesses…..

  • Self serve not the answer

    That is all fine and dandy, I do pump my own gas, but there are some problems with this. One.. some people are allergic to gas, including the smell, two, pregnant women, such as myself may end up puking all over the lot and three, what about those who are disabled and can’t? Not all gas stations will be equipped with extra people to help serve those who need it. I once pumped gas, got a little on my hand cause the pump had a problem and broke out in a severe reaction. Sorry, but we do need the option for full service.

    • Dave

      Seems that people survive in all the other communties where the gvt doesn’t force full service. If you need gas bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it without requriing the gvt to force companies to cater to a VERY small percentage of people.

    • JustSaying

      How about planning ahead and having someone else fill your vehicle for you? Maybe the person who checks the fluids in your vehicle since, I gather, if you’re that allergic to petroleum products isn’t you.

      It used to be that when you pulled into the service station you ran over a little hose that rang a bell and someone came out, pumped your gas, cleaned your windshield and offered to check your oil. Those days are long gone…deal with it!

      Another idea is one that I saw over in Ohio. A gas station had different pumps for self service and full service. The full service pumps were set to charge .10 cents more per gallon. It’s only fair since you’re not only buying gasoline but also requiring an attendant as well. Good way to wean people off of full service!

  • Paul

    There are very few full service stations around anymore, and people are getting along just fine. In an instance where a handicapped person needs gas, usually the attendant can assist. If you are allergic to gas, why don’t you have someone else place gas in your car? To make an establisment REQUIRE an attendant for full service is ludicrous. Here we go again, relying on good old Uncle Sam for guidance! Use the common sense that God gave you.

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