I enjoy driving my van, so I have to make sure there is gas in the tank. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has rules in place for gas stations to provide assistance with pumping gas for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The station provides this free service if there is more than one employee in the store.
I need assistance at the gas station. If I don’t have anyone with me, I go inside the store to ask for assistance. There are two convenience stores I visit regularly. These stores are close to home and work. It also provides an opportunity to have continuity with the employees. The stations I go to is usually well staffed, allowing someone to assist me.
I’ve been to stations where there’s only one employee in the store. If there aren’t any customers in the store at that time, that person can help me. But, I’ve also asked a customer to help if there wasn’t anyone to assist me.
The ADA says that people with disabilities can honk their horn or signal an employee to receive assistance. There are also buttons at the pump that will notify employees.
The ADA has new rules for pumping gas for people with disabilities. Effective March 15, 2012, the new rules will require operable features of gas pumps at a height below 48 inches. Those features include the gas nozzle, credit card reader, the fuel grade selection button and any buttons that request help.
A nifty feature that some convenience stores have are cut-outs within the concrete island making it easier for wheelchair users to get closer to the gas pumps. The concrete cut-outs will be required on future gas station construction projects and other major renovations.
These accommodations at gas stations allow those with disabilities to fill up our vehicles to go full throttle!