Westchester Lawmaker Proposes Fine For ‘Deceptive’ Gas Pricing

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (1010 WINS) —  Some suburban residents are fuming over the absence of gasoline pricing signs that indicate a higher price for debit and credit customers.

As a result, one Westhcester County lawmaker is calling for a revised law that would levy a $1,000 fine on gas station owners who don’t post both prices.

Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said Thursday that he wants to draw attention to the issue and end what he and others believe are “deceptive” practices with regard to gas prices.

“When the prices went up over $4, it became a price point that really was painful for many, many people. And at that point, at the same time, recently this cash vs. credit pricing has gone into effect and that’s where people really feel like that’s just not fair,” Kaplowitz told 1010 WINS.

Kaplowitz also feels that displaying the signs would act as a catalyst for “more competition” amongst gas stations, creating a better environment for consumers.

“Because people will then naturally go to the lower price and stations will then be forced to lower their prices to match their lowest competitor. Consumer wins and there’s almost no cost to put these signs up,” he said.

Kaplowitz says that consumers will have no doubts about price discrepancies if stations have an incentive to follow the rules and that customers “will know precisely what the price is” because “everybody will be pricing it exactly the same, fair way” if the proposal is passed.

Have you been frustrated or caught off-guard by gas price differences?  Tell us about it in the comments section…

  • Dan S.

    Until recently, using a debit card at the pump got you the cash price in new York. The last month or so (perhaps since Oct. 1 ??) it seems that gas stations charge the credit-card price for debit card purchases. Was there a change in the law that brought this about? Or is it a reaction to a change in fees charged by banks?

    • Bill

      I thought the change was that banks were no longer allowed to charge high fees for debit cards (thus they are no longer paying points for using them), so it hurt the banks, but not the merchants.

  • Meme Meyagi

    yes lets fine gas stations for overcharging 10 cents a gallon, but lets not do anything for overcharging by $3 per gallon by opec mooslime terrorist cartel.

  • Jen

    No, using a debit card is the same as using a cc at the gas pump. You can only get the cash price by using actual cash.

  • Joe of B'hurst

    Use a debit card, it is the same as cash.

    What fool did not know that credit costs more than cash. We need a politician to tell us this? What a waste of money to create this law!

    • Michael H.

      Most stations charge the same for debit as they do for credit. I no longer use stations that do this and I am severely limited as to where I buy my gasoline.

    • Bill

      Not all stations charge more for credit. If gas stations were required to post both prices, customers would know and be better able to decide before pulling into the status. Most of them just say “cash” in small print on the large sign now, and of course they only post the cash price.

      Many credit cards give a discount for buying gas (some up to 5 or 6%) so there is a definite advantage to charging gas.

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