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Why can I no longer find a gasoline pump with a latch on the handle, to keep the pump running?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

You do have to look sometimes, but latch handles are still out there.

As the questioner pointed out, pump latches come in handy when you’re filling the tank on an SUV or large vehicle. They help the elderly and disabled — and they’re really welcome if you’re pumping in cold weather.

Try looking for an independent station, or somewhere else than the big-name brands. We did a little checking and found gas-pump latches at the following locations around Wilmington; almost certainly, we left some places out:

* The Scotchman/Carolina Petro, 4412 Market St.

*Han-Dee Hugo’s, 5002 Market St.

* Murphy USA 5221 Market St. (near the Walmart)

* Dodge’s Store, 5224 Market St.

* Costco, 5351 Gingerw00d Drive, off Market St. near the College Road overpass (Costco members only)

* Scotchman No. 126/Exxon, 898 S. Kerr Ave., (near Wilshire Avenue intersection)

* Go Gas locations (including 1116 S. College Road)

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3 Responses to “ Why can I no longer find a gasoline pump with a latch on the handle, to keep the pump running?”

  1. On January 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm J.T. wrote:

    The dissapearance of the nozzle latches is a result of safety concerns for over-fills and spills. I believe you find that most pumps that are out of site of an outlet clerk will not have these latches. Also, most major branded filling stations no longer have them at all due to liability concerns.

  2. On January 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm Jerry Dockery wrote:

    You can simply buy your own trigger and use it as you like

    http://www.wrightstuff.biz/gasgadget.html

  3. On January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am Cathy wrote:

    There also are pump handles at Market Street Go Gas by Ogden.



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