Gas pump assistance bill moving through the Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In Hillsborough and some surrounding counties, people with disabilities can get assistance at a gas station if need be. A Tampa Bay area legislator hopes to bring that to all of Florida.

The new bill would require the state to inspect gas stations, making sure they have decals placed on each pump for self-service gas stations. It would allow people with disabilities to call for assistance.

The bill stems from a Hillsborough County ordinance, which became law in 2012. The house sponsor Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa, said he wants the whole state to benefit.

"Well, in Hillsborough County it works great, but in other places, it's not a way to do it because you have to go in there and just hope that someone's gonna come out and help you by honking the horn," Danish said.

The bill requires that decals must be blue, have the words "call for assistance" on them and a phone number for the station.


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