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Suffolk Lawmaker Wants More Notification Of Price Discrepancies At Gas Pumps

Gas Pump (file / credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Gas Pump (file / credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There’s a move on Long Island to better warn motorists of the cash/credit price difference on gasoline.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, a Suffolk County lawmaker says a sign displaying the price discrepancy for drivers who use credit or debit instead of cash isn’t enough.

The proposal would require the price difference be clearly displayed on every automated pump screen and give motorists the opportunity to opt out of the higher credit/debit price.

“Most people nowadays, you gotta slap them in the face to let them know what’s going on,” driver Chris Meyers told Xirinachs. “This is an automated slap. It’s the fairest way to do it.”

Legislator Jay Schneiderman says he wrote the proposal after unknowingly paying nearly $1 a gallon more for gas simply because he used his credit card.

The head of the New York State Association of Service Stations called the proposal unnecessary and argued it would put an undue burden on gas station owners to upgrade the pumps.

The legislature will consider the proposal next month.

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