Are there any gas stations in Brussels where you sit in your car while the employees pump gas for you?
Kasseistamper: and yet Octa seems to think that it does make economical sense to them to offer this service to those who need/want it? I assume they do ask the customer to pay for the privilege.
Actually, one would think this would increase gas prices so that NJ could not compete, but If you look at the AAA's website, which has the state averages for gas and diesel, NJ, on average, has lower gas prices than PA, NY, and DE, the three adjoining states. The exact price point of gas in US is far more influenced by state/local gas taxes and refinery availability/output, than wages. (and that's another discussion, day and website)
And yes, as a long time New Jersey resident, I expect NOT to have to fill up my own car and if I need to fill the gas can for the lawn mower, I would pop the trunk and the gas can would be taken out, filled and replaced. .....AND at a full service station, if I asked, my windows and lights would be washed and tire pressure checked and fluids under the hood could be topped off. (For these services, I would pay extra at the pump, as would be correct, for the person's time and products used.
The petrol station on the corner of Avenue Chazal and Avenue Rogier (1030) has a sign outside saying that it offers this service at no extra cost. From memory it's an Octa+ station as a previous respondent suggests.
Original poster here. Thanks to all for your interesting replies, especially RPPKN and Paul McNally who gave me the information I asked for. I am not American nor am I disabled and I have no problem getting out of my car, but I don't like to pump gas as I feel it's painful for my very slender, feminine little hand. In the late 90s there was a Texaco in the corner of Vleurgat and rue Américaine where, just when I was going to get out and start pumping, an employee showed up and and asked me to stay in the car while he did the job. A few years later, they didn't provide that service anymore. I am glad to hear that Octa does. I don't think it necessarily means that the price will go up - people like me will favour those stations and they will make a nice profit without a higher price. Even if the price were to be higher, I am fully prepared to pay for the extra service and happy to provide job opportunities.
The MAXIMUM price of fuel at filling stations is controlled in Belgium so Octa+ can't increase the price beyond that level - although some (many?) stations offer a discount on the controlled price. I suppose though that Octa+ could if they wish offer the "fill you up" service for a fixed additional fee.
There were a few here a while ago, when I arrived there were a few places did it. Plus one of my friends used to use one because she was freaked out by the chip and pin thing when she arrived. She really found it hard to adjust to driving full stop here. Sorry don't know where it was she lived in Rhode St G but she has left now.
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