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  • March 01, 2013

Gas-and-Dash Bill, Jayesh’s Law, Passes Second Reading

On Feb. 28, 2013 the Ontario Legislature passed second reading of my private members’ bill, Bill 12: Jayesh’s Law (Worker Safety at Service Stations, 2013).


I first introduced Jayesh’s Law in the wake of the tragic 2012 death of Toronto gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati. He has been working to find ways to stop these “Gas-and-Dash” incidents.


Jayesh’s Law would offer greater protections for gas station workers by: 

  • Suspending drivers’ licenses for individuals convicted of gas theft
  • Imposing severe penalties on gas station employers who force attendants to pay for “Gas-and-Dash” thefts out of their wages
  • Requiring pre-payment for gasoline before pumping
  • Requiring gas station employers to provide worker safety training
Based on the information my office has recieved so far - which does not include full OPP figures for 2012, there were at least 4,200 incidents of gas theft reported in Ontario last year, but research leads us to believe that the number could be double since some police forces do not collect statistics specifc to gas theft, and a large number of these incidents go unreported. 

Jayesh’s Law has gained widespread support among organizations and law enforcement agencies across the province, including: Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Toronto Chief of Police William (Bill) Blair, Toronto Police Services Board, York Region Police Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Region Police Services Board, Hamilton Chief of Police Glenn De Caire, Hamilton Police Services Board, CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), and Oshawa City Council.

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