Booster, a same-day fuel delivery service, announces the passage of House Bill 2783 in Washington State, the first statewide bill enabling operations for the mobile fuel on-demand (MFOD) industry. A clean, contactless gas station on wheels, Booster can provide its service at a time of increased need related to the coronavirus response.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Allyn), provides for an expedited permitting process for MFOD services to operate in jurisdictions across the state while protecting industry safety standards. The bill results in a regulatory environment that reduces duplication for regulators, serves communities more efficiently, and upholds rigorous International Fire Code (IFC) safety requirements. The legislation affords industry operators the ability to respond quickly to urgent fueling needs related to the coronavirus response.
“I applaud Governor Inslee for the passage and Rep. Griffey for championing this legislation, an important step in providing on demand mobile fuel delivery across the state,” said Frank Mycroft, Booster Fuels CEO. “This is a rare example of industry and regulators working together towards a common-sense approach, and comes just in time to respond to a public health crisis.”
Demand for mobile fueling has shot up across the country as consumers observe shelter-in-place guidelines in response to the coronavirus crisis. Considered an essential business service which helps companies continue to stay up and running, Booster services commercial fleet and retail customers.
“We support industry operators whose business models provide much-needed innovation while upholding important safety standards in our communities,” said Jon Napier, State Code Director, WA State Association of Fire Marshals. “Booster Fuels’ approach to on demand mobile fuel delivery does exactly that, especially in this time of critical need.”
This legislation follows four months after Booster launched its service, fully permitted, in Seattle. Booster delivers fuel in its signature purple mini-tankers directly into both fleet and consumer vehicles. With a flexible supply chain, Booster is able to respond to the ever-changing demands of today’s Washington businesses while better serving the needs of disabled communities, who sometimes find it difficult to get fuel at traditional gas stations.
As an essential business, Booster has helped communities and first responders at critical times. During Hurricane Harvey, Booster helped fuel FEMA trucks and during the rolling blackouts last summer in Northern California, Booster filled generators at one of the large national science labs so years of research wouldn’t disappear. Currently, purple mini-tankers are in Nashville delivering fuel to generators that power neighborhoods that still don’t have electricity after being destroyed from last month’s tornados.
“We hope to be of service to the state of Washington as we have to our past communities during times of crisis. I encourage anyone who might need our services for their employees, first responders or citizens to reach out,” said Booster Chief Policy Officer, Joseph Okpaku. “We’ll work with officials to support you because we want to assist with social distancing while safely providing fuel. It’s the way Booster can make a significant contribution to impede the spread of COVID-19 and we want to do our part.”
Since launching in 2015, Booster’s proprietary purple mini-tanker has delivered more than 20 million gallons of fuel and works with more than 350 fleet customers in 20 cities across California, Texas, and Washington.