Pre-paid fuel rules could be com­ing

Em­ployee train­ing, vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion plan in the works

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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.

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