New Connecticut Law to Assist Cash Paying Motorists

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New Connecticut Law to Assist Cash Paying Motorists

HARTFORD -- Connecticut's state legislature passed a bill that will make it easier for gas stations to give discounts of an estimated 10 to 20 cents per gallon to motorist's paying cash for gasoline.

"Don't look for this to happen overnight," Michael Fox, executive director of the Gasoline and Automotive Service Dealers of America, told The Associated Press. Fox said motorists' might need to wait until July before savings are realized.

"I can't get signs fast enough. I've got to really make sure we roll it out correctly," Fox told the AP, adding that his association will assist stations on security as cash on-hand increases.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he is optimistic that the majority of Connecticut's approximate 1,000 gasoline retailers will quickly begin dropping prices for people who pay with cash.

"I can't tell you what gas station owners are going to do, but, my guess is some of them will be out there this weekend, potentially [offering cash discounts]," he told the AP. "The bill passed by lawmakers overrides any provisions in franchise agreements between gas station owners and the oil companies that may prevent retailers from offering discounts for cash purchases. It would be up to each retailer to decide whether to offer a lower cash price."