Midnight truce: Petrol pumps to accept debit and credit cards till Jan 13

LATEST NEWS – Petrol-pump owners on Sunday night deferred till January 13 their decision to not accept credit- and debit-card payments for fuel sales, after banks put off the move to levy a charge on every plastic transaction.

The roll-back was announced within hours of petrol-pump associations saying they would not accept card payments from Monday. The decision covers a majority of the 56,000 outlets in the country. The four banks that had said they would levy a charge on card usage at fuel pumps are HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank.

A D Sathyanarayan, president of the Consortium of India Petroleum Dealers, had earlier told this newspaper: “We have been informed by these four banks that we will be charged one per cent on all credit card transactions and between 0.25 per cent and one per cent on all debit card transactions from January 9. Reports suggest even State Bank of India is planning to charge the same. We feel banks are using this as an excuse to improve their bottom line through transactions at fuel stations. Hence, we have decided not to accept any card transactions from Monday.” READ MORE

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