July 1, 2021 at 5:28 am #14166
UK Drivers will be charged £99 ‘deposit’ to use ‘Pay at Pump’: Fury over increase in pre-authorisation fee to fill up at supermarket petrol stations.
Furious drivers have blasted an ‘unbelievable’ £99 ‘deposit’ charge for using pay-at-pump stations.
Supermarkets and energy companies have quietly imposed the collossal new pre-authorisation fee at selected pumps before it is rolled out nationwide.
The fee will replace the £1 pre-authorisation charge and affect both diesel and petrol users regardless of how much fuel they want to purchase.
This is due to ‘amendments to the rules’ by credit card companies Mastercard and Visa, according to Tesco.
The grocery giant was slammed by shoppers threatening to boycott Tesco after the fee was piloted at its Stevenage Broadwater Superstore.
But a Tesco spokesman told MailOnline this is the only pump where they have imposed the fee so far, while another source said Sainsbury’s have already begun using the fee at 60 pumps across the UK.
Morrisons refused to comment on the new charge and referred questions about it to the British Retail Consortium.
A motorist on Twitter hit out at the new charge as ‘unbelievable’.
The user, called ‘NiceConvos’ on Twitter with a Scotland flag in their name, said: ‘Have you heard about the new rule when you buy fuel and pay at the pump by card?
‘Unbelievable!! You know how they charge you £1 and then charge the amount that you used and the pound often stays pending for a few days? They will hold £99 soon and then charge you!!’
Drivers across the UK have flooded social media with similar complaints, saying the new charge is unfair.
One motorist described the new rules as ‘horrendous’ for people living on a shoe-string.
‘TidyTops’ on Twitter said: ‘If you don
t have minimum of £99 in your bank account you wont be able to buy fuel – new rules are horrendous. I for one have a bank account with no overdraft, so what happens to us.’
All supermarkets and energy suppliers will be imposing the holding fee soon, with an amount up to £99 being ringfenced in customers’ accounts for a short time until the unused sum is immediately released.
Tesco said in a statement: ‘Under new rules implemented by Mastercard, Visa and American Express, we must now request authorisation from your card issuer for up to £99.
‘Once you’ve finished filling up, the final transaction amount is sent to your card issuer, and the remainder of any unused funds up to the maximum filling amount will be released back to your available balance.
‘We’ll only ever charge you for the value of the fuel you’ve actually purchased.’
For customers whose bank balance is below £99, the card provider ‘should respond with the lower amount they will allow, and the fuel pump screen will show the value you can fill up to’.
However it admitted some card issuers may not be able to do this and advised drivers to use another payment card – if they have one.
Asda tried the same scheme in 2018 but scrapped it following a similar outcry from drivers, saying at the time that ‘we always want to do the right thing for our customers’.
Reports at the time said the attempt was down to ‘a new European-style rule change by Visa and Mastercard’.
On the current changes, Mastercard told MailOnline: ‘The funds never leave anybody’s account and they are available for use immediately afterwards.’
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 1, 2021 at 5:04 pm #14179
Nobody who got less than 99£ on their account should drive a car.
They cant pay any fine, ticket, road charge, parking fees or whatever needed when driving a car (maybe an accident, other damage and any repair).July 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm #14180
Students will be worst hit by this especially as there bank debit card will have this new credit card holding-charging applied, luckily this is only effects pay at the pump so you can still use your Visa or MasterCard even if you have less than £100, you just need to pay the cashier directly with credit / debit card.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 2, 2021 at 11:30 am #14183
Students have a car (and no money for fuel)?
Either or – otherwise they should think about what they necessarily need to live.
Usually I will pay more than 50€ for a full filling (on larger cars even more and no reason to fill before empty), so I cant really see the problem.July 2, 2021 at 12:14 pm #14184
Students have a car (and no money for fuel)? Either or – otherwise they should think about what they necessarily need to live. Usually I will pay more than 50€ for a full filling (on larger cars even more and no reason to fill before empty), so I cant really see the problem.
Life as a student to choose between fun, education or food etc. including pier pressure
for the most of us, not a problem, but still the principle remains, should Visa and MasterCard be allowed to pre-hold £99 of you money ?
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 2, 2021 at 4:58 pm #14186
As long as an average ticket will be in that range I would answer with yes.
Maybe 50 would be a better value, but only 1 is worthless for them in case you refuel more what definitely will happen.
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