Gas Station Attendant Safety Private Member's Bill Tabled
He's trying to curb gas-and-dashes.
Liberal MPP Mike Colle has tabled a private members bill called "Jayesh's Law", named after Toronto gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati who died Saturday night after a motorist filled up an SUV with $112 worth of gas and left without paying.
Prajapati was hit by the vehicle.
Colle says his bill asks three things: have the province enforce that the station attendant doesn't pay for gas theft, institute a pay before you pump system all day and suspend the license of convicted gas thieves.
This comes as the family of Prajapati says his wife is devastated, having to be force fed and crying all day. They say she is worried about her well-being and that of their 11-year-old son.
Brother-in-law Hemant Kumar says a man who he considered his best friend lost his life for a small sum of money.
39-year-old Max EdwinTutiven is wanted in connection with the crime, facing a charge of second-degree.
How do drivers feel about paying before filling up?
"We're already doing that with the credit cards and such," says Paul. "I don't think it would be that much of an issue."
Staff at an Esso station on Avenue South of Eglinton say the majority of drivers already prepay at the pumps.
"The risk that attendants have and the stations have relative to people not being honest is much too high," says Joel. "It's better to pay beforehand."
Marilyn doesn't buy the argument of those that suggest it might be inconvenient.
"If they're paying by cash they have to run inside after anyway," she says. "I think it's a great idea and I hope it passes."
(With files from Russ Courtney)