In brief

State gas average is down 6 cents compared to last week

DEARBORN — Gas prices in Michigan dropped 6 cents compared to a week ago. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.46 per gallon for regular unleaded. This price is 2 cents more than this time last month and 17 cents more than this time last year.

Motorists are paying an average of $37 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; a discount of $10 from when prices were their highest last May.

Compared to last week, Metro Detroit’s average daily gas price increased slightly. Metro Detroit’s current average is $2.55 per gallon, about 1 cent more than last week’s average and about 18 cents more than this same time last year.

Click here to view AAA›s state and metro gas averages. Most expensive gas price averages: Marquette ($2.57), Ann Arbor ($2.55), Metro Detroit ($2.55)

Least expensive gas price averages: Jackson ($2.33), Saginaw ($2.34), Grand Rapids ($2.35). — G.G.

Secretary Benson replacing unreliable kiosks with new self-service stations

LANSING — Completing a pledge made earlier this year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced she is replacing unreliable, hard-to-use kiosks across the state with new, user-friendly self-service stations, increasing the number of stations by more than 60 percent.

Following a successful one-month pilot phase completed this month involving a dozen new self-service stations and thousands of customer transactions, the project will expand to replace all 93 existing kiosks by the end of January and add 57 more, for a total of 150, by the end of April. Additional stations already are being discussed.

In addition to Secretary of State branch offices, many of the new stations will be in grocery stores such as Kroger and Meijer, meeting customers where they already are doing business. Most of the stations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For an up-to-date listing of locations with the new self-service stations, visit Michigan. gov/SOSSelfService.

Like the previous kiosks, self-service stations will offer renewals for automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. The stations can print auto and motorcycle tabs. Watercraft tabs will be mailed to customers. The new self-service stations will add numerous driver-related transactions once the Michigan Department of State completes the second portion of its computer system upgrade in March 2021.

In addition to the benefits of more reliable stations offered in more convenient locations, working with ITI also is allowing Michigan to serve customers in multiple languages at the self-service stations. The pilot phase offered transactions in English and Spanish. Arabic is being added, with the ability to add more languages as the need arises. Many of the new machines also will accept cash, previously not an option at the old kiosks. The new stations also accept American Express credit cards, in addition to the Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards the previous kiosks accepted. — G.G.