Pre-paid fuel rules could be coming
Employee training, violence prevention plan in the works
The Alberta government is proposing a law that would make it mandatory for all drivers to pay in advance before fuelling up at the pumps.
Labour Minister Christina Gray says the plan is to have legislation in place as of June 1.
Retailers would be expected to bring in pay-at-the pump technology.
They would also be allowed less costly options such as having customers leave a deposit or a credit card before filling up.
The legislation would call on retailers to develop a violence prevention plan and train workers in that plan. Workers would also be required to wear an emergency transmitter while on the job.
Gray has said it’s a safety issue.
Earlier this month, gasstation owner Ki Yun Jo died when he was run over by the driver of a stolen cube van as he fled without paying for $200 of gas in Thorsby, southwest of Edmonton.
In May, Joshua Mitchell was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2015 death of Maryam Rashidi in Calgary. Rashidi attempted to stop Mitchell from fleeing a Centex gas station where he had just filled up with $113 in fuel.