Governments dont address issues based on good ideas

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The idea of paying up front before gassing up at self-service stations is OK by me, and should be OK for everyone in an ideal world. That's that mythical world where every driver knows how much their tank holds, how much is really in it at the moment regardless of the gauge reading, how much it will cost to top up, and how many litres X dollars will buy.

To the Editor,

The idea of paying up front before gassing up at self-service stations is OK by me, and should be OK for everyone in an ideal world. That's that mythical world where every driver knows how much their tank holds, how much is really in it at the moment regardless of the gauge reading, how much it will cost to top up, and how many litres X dollars will buy.
Unfortunately, in the real world there are more people who don't know or care about these things than there are drivers like me, for whom the price of gas never changes: I put in $20 worth and never look at the price.
Of course the government won't look at it, as has been suggested, anymore than they look at anything until the roof falls in on them.
The advocates of this cash before gas idea should be looking for ways to convince the government that it is an opportunity for some obscure payoff; one they haven't already come up with.
To go to them with simply a good idea, one that makes sense, that will not inconvenience anyone, and one that most people would agree with, will be like whistling in the wind.
These advocates should know by now that governments don't address anything merely because it is a good idea, unless of course in the remote chance that it is one they came up with themselves. In that case, it doesn't matter whether it is a good idea or not.
Surely there must be something lucrative in the scheme to compel the government to latch on to it on some obscure and senseless pretence or other, like controlling all liquor sales to ensure our booze is always top quality, or annual vehicle inspections to keep us safe on sub-standard roads, even though the roads have caused more accidents than unsafe vehicles ever have.
There's gotta be a way.
John G. McKay, Amherst
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  • peter
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    The provincial government has said, in the past, that it is up to the gas retailers whether or not they start charging before a vehicle gases up. Most of these retailers probably would like to see the government make legislation making it mandatory to pay before gasing up, however that would mean that the provincial government, we the tax payer, would have to pay gas retailers to make the changes to their pumps, which probably would cost a fair amt.

    Why should tax payers pay for private enterprise to make changes in the way they do business. Let them pay for it themselves if they want this policy. Should not be legislated.

  • Troy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:49

    There isn't much to change,,,you can pay at the pump now if you want I think in Nova Scotia,,,we have it here in b.c. now and it takes a little getting used to but its been here for over a year now and its not all that bad.

  • gasman
    January 18, 2010 - 10:28

    amherst and area does not need pay at the pumps - all stations in town have cameras that can pick up the license plates and faces -