Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Potential Improvements to Gas Pump Access for People with Disabilities

Today, at 3:00 PM, in Tallahassee, FL, Leon County commissioners will be discussing an ordinance that would require gas stations throughout the county to assist people with disabilities who require help pumping their gas. The meeting will be on the 5th floor of the Leon County Courthouse, and if the ordinance is approved, a public hearing on the matter will be held on June 12. The proposed ordinance would require decals to be placed on gas pumps with a phone number for the gas station so that the clerks inside could be made aware that someone with a disability needs help pumping their gas.

In Florida, a similar ordinance was passed in Hillsborough County and one is being considered in Pasco County. While this is a step in the right direction, also educating the clerks at gas stations as to the importance of assisting those that need help pumping their gas will be crucial in making sure the ordinances are effective after being enacted.

These recent Florida ordinances also coincide with the growth of  Fuel Call around the nation. Hopefully, the issue of pumping gas for people with disabilities will finally be resolved someday. The ADA also requires gas stations to provide equal access for people with disabilities.

For more on this ordinance, check out the following link:

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20120424/NEWS/120424012/Gas-stations-would-required-help-people-disabilities-under-proposed-ordinance?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7Cfrontpage&nclick_check=1

1 comment:

  1. A little progress! Maybe Pinellas County will be next.

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