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New Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s £99 pay at pump rule explained

Supermarket filling stations across the country are now taking a £99 holding fee from customers.

The new rule, which was enforced by VISA and Mastercard, was actually introduced 12 months ago but only now are motorists becoming aware of the change.

It means those paying for fuel at the pump will be charged a £99 holding fee, up from the previous £1 holding fee.

Pumps at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s are affected by the change, which was announced as a security measure.

Supermarkets say the temporary holding fee will be placed on your account, but only the actual charge of the fuel will be deducted from your account.

An ASDA spokesperson said: “The solution makes it easier for you to keep control of your finances when you pay for your petrol at the pump, however if an issue does arise you should first contact the bank that issued your card.”

For those concerned about bank balances that are below £100, VISA has confirmed that it will motorists to dispense as much fuel as bank funds allow.

VISA said: “If your account balance is below £100, for example £50, this would be communicated back to the fuel pump by your bank enabling that amount of fuel to be dispensed.

“This means the pump will automatically cut out once you have reached the approved amount (or before if you choose to dispense less).

“This is called ‘partial authorisation’ and ensures you can get the fuel you need.”

The holding fee is already implemented across much of Europe.

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