Gas Pump Boots No Longer Required

Last Thursday, the Obama Administration announced that there would be changes to the law regarding gas pumps; specifically that the Vapor Recovery Requirement, is no longer necessary.

As a result, thousands of pumps which had featured rubber boots to create a seal between the fuel filler neck on cars and trucks and the pump itself, will moving forward, be naked so to speak.

The reason for the change is largely due to the proliferation of vapor recovery systems in vehicles since the mid-1990s, as automakers seek to reduce emissions. As a result, when filling such cars and trucks, sleeves on the pump are essentially redundant when it comes to sealing off harmful vapors.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 70 percent of all vehicles on the road in the United States today have integral vapor recovery systems.

Furthermore, according to, eliminating the rubber boots from gas pumps could save $3,000 at each gas station that was previously required to install them by law. With the new measure, approximately 31,000 filling stations across the U.S. will be affected by the change.

For motorists, the change will no doubt be welcome, since the boots were clumsy and made filling your tank fiddly and sloppy at the best of times, with frequent reports of spills. What’s more, the boots were also prone to cracking, negating their reason for being and thus required to be replaced on a regular basis, much to the chagrin of many gas station owners.

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  • Van

    A classic example of government regulation driving up costs, hindering efficiency, and resulting in the opposite of the desired outcome. The USA seems desirous of a society driven more and more by compulsion, i.e. government regulation, rather than by persuasion, i.e. market forces. The question you have got to ask is why have we become “willing slaves?”