The petrol bunks across the country will stop accepting debit cards and credit cards for filling fuel from midnight on Sunday as banks will now debit a Merchant Discount Rate of 1 per cent from petroleum dealers, said President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association Ajay Bansal.
According to The Hindu, an MDR of 0.25 and 1 per cent will be deducted for each debit card transaction. MDR of 1 per cent will be deducted for each credit card transaction.
Talking to reporters after a two-day State-level convention of petroleum dealers here on Sunday, Mr. Bansal said each petroleum dealer was operating with a profit margin of 2 per cent.
Petrol pumps using HDFC POS machines won’t accept card payments as the bank decides to levy 1% charge for every sale: ANI
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On Saturday, banks referred to the Reserve Bank of India notification dated December 16 and said an MDR ranging between between 0.25 and 1 per cent will be deducted for each debit card transaction. An MDR of 1 per cent will be deducted for each credit card transaction.
“We are operating on a very thin margin. We cannot afford this deduction. Hence we have no other go than stop accepting debit and credit cards,” Mr. Bansal said. When pointed that the dealers are going against government directions, Mr. Bansal said they have no other option. Mr. Bansal said the decision to stop accepting debit and credit cards had been conveyed to Petroleum Ministry and Finance Ministry officials, he said.
Sources The Hindu