Sainsbury’s has joined Tesco in charging drivers who use Pay at Pump machines a deposit fee of £ 100 to use the service.
Drivers who refuel in the forecourt of supermarkets could see a temporary deposit of £ 100 taken from their bank accounts.
The deposit will be taken from the driver’s account when he puts his card in the machine.
The gas station will then calculate the correct charge once the car has been refueled, and the money will then be refunded to the charge card, less what is owed for gasoline.
New rules for drivers
Tesco has already used an authorization fee of £ 1 to use the Pay at Pump machines, but this will be replaced by a new deposit of £ 99 instead.
The supermarket confirmed that the deposit fee will be returned to drivers’ accounts immediately after they have refueled their cars, and said the changes are being implemented to help customers monitor their finances.
The new payment rules were being tested by the chain at its Stevenage Broadwater store before the system could be rolled out across the UK later this year.
In a statement, Tesco said: “Under new rules implemented by Mastercard, Visa and American Express, we must now request authorization from your card issuer up to £ 99.
“Once you are done refueling, the final transaction amount is sent to your card issuer, and any unused funds up to the maximum refill amount will be returned to your available balance.
“We will only charge you for the value of the fuel you actually bought. ”
Drivers who refuel their cars at Sainsbury’s will also have money taken from their account as a deposit.
Sainsbury’s has confirmed that £ 100 will be ‘set aside’ before the fuel is cleared and distributed before the final transaction is calculated.
Again, customers will only be charged for the cost of gasoline and the remaining money will be transferred to their account.
Fuel payment changes
The changes took effect after Mastercard, Visa and American Express changed their rules to require authorization from card issuers for transactions up to £ 99.
Speaking of the changes regarding fuel payment, Mastercard said: “The way you pay for your fuel at an automated fuel pump in the UK is changing.
“Your card / bank issuer will temporarily reserve up to £ 99 of your available balance while you refuel.
“Then, when you are done refueling, you will be billed for the correct amount of fuel you used and the rest of the reserved funds will be returned to your available balance. ”
What if an account has less than £ 99?
Drivers with an account balance of less than £ 99 could face difficulties in refueling their cars.
In this situation, the card companies should state the lowest amount they allow to unlock and the pump will calculate how much fuel you are allowed to take as a fraction of your total deposit.
This means that some drivers may only be entitled to a handful of liters instead of filling their cars with the usual amount.
Some card companies may restrict fuel sales altogether if a cardholder has less than £ 99 in their account, forcing drivers to use a different card in order to be able to top up.