Following the death Hashem Atifeh Rad, a 62-year-old gas attendant who attempted to stop a motorist who stole $75 worth of gas, the government of Ontario is considering introducing legislation that would impose a prepay policy for gas stations.
With the rising cost of gas, some motorists are taking drastic steps. There have been reports of drivers filling up the tank and driving away without paying, which has been called “gas and dash.”
In Mississauga, Ontario, Hashem Atifeh Rad died from injuries he suffered attempting to stop a Petro-Canada customer who reportedly stole $75 worth of gas. Rad grabbed onto the door handle, but was struck by the car and was dragged into the street.
This has led to provincial governments around the country to impose a pre-pay policy for gas stations.
In 2008, following a similar incident, British Columbia approved legislation that would require drivers to pay before they fill up their tanks. Alberta police officials are also calling for comparable laws.
The Toronto Star is now reporting that the government of Ontario is considering imposing a pre-pay law on drivers and gas stations. It would make it absolutely mandatory for motorists to pay before using the pumps.
“We were aware of and deeply concerned about what happened in this instance,” said spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour, Greg Dennis. “To say exactly what we’re going to do would be a bit premature since this just happened, but we do have an interest in protecting workers. We would approach this one step at a time, in discussions with the various stakeholders to consider what would work best in Ontario.”
According to City News, though, the province won’t introduce any piece of legislation since the legislature has adjourned and won’t convene until the fall when voters head to the polls on Oct. 6.
GasBuddy.com notes that the regular price of gas in the Toronto is ranging from 1.25 to $1.28.