We’ve all been there: we unload our items on the counter, get out the card, and then discover there’s an additional charge.
And it’s never really been made clear why using certain cards online for payment incurs charges, while others do not.
Well, all this is set to end with companies banned from applying any additional charge when we use our credit or debit cards.
The new law will come into play on Saturday, January 13.
The new rules apply to any UK company both in-store and online and includes all forms of plastic payments, such as PayPal, Apple Pay and American Express.
Under the new law, local councils and government agencies such as the DVLA will be banned from surcharing.