PRIETO, RAMOS, CONNERS & MORIARTY BILL TO REQUIRE GAS RETAILERS TO ADVERTISE IF THEY CHARGE TWO DIFFERENT PRICES ADVANCED BY PANEL

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Prieto, Ruben J. Ramos Jr., Jack Conners and Paul Moriarty sponsored to require gas stations to clearly display whether they charge different credit and cash prices was released Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-3862) requires that price signs posted by a retail motor fuel dealer shall include the price per gallon for both cash and credit card purchases.
“This bill has one simple goal in mind – consumer fairness,” said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). “If retailers are going to charge two separate prices, they should have qualms about advertising two separate prices.”
“Consumers deserve to be made fully aware of whether they could be charged separate prices, depending on how they pay,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). “It’s that simple, especially amid continued concern about increasing gas prices.”
“It’s not too much to ask for stations to advertise whether motorists are being charged two separate prices,” said Conners (D-Burlington/Camden). “Consumers have a right to know.”
“Consumer awareness is vitally important,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “If we’re going to allow retailers to charge two different prices, then they should make it clear when they decide to do so.”
Under the bill a retail dealer who violates the signage requirements shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $1,500 for a first offense and not more than $3,000 for a second and any subsequent offense.
The bill was released by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.