BP admits jumping the gun

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 13:31 21/09/2012

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BP says it jumped the gun announcing motorists could pay for petrol at its service stations using "tap-and-go" credit cards but the queue-cutting technology shouldn't be far away.

The company said last week that all its eftpos terminals had been upgraded to accept credit and debit cards with Mastercard PayPass and Visa payWave technology.

These allow cards to be "tapped" against eftpos terminals instead of inserted or swiped, and do not require customers enter Pins or sign for transactions valued at under $80.

However, spokesman Jonty Mills said there had been a communications mix-up, for which it apologised.

All its terminals now allowed for speedier regular payments and the software to support tap-and-go transactions was being piloted, but the tap-and-go feature had yet to be switched on at its stores, he said.

"It is very imminent, but I don't want to put a specific date on it, in case something happened in the pilot or test that delayed it and we ended up with egg on our face."

McDonald's has upgraded all its payment terminals so they are capable of supporting tap-and-go transactions but has yet to turn the feature on - though it is accepting Pin-free payments under $35.

Z Energy said last week that it was half-way through a $12 million upgrade of its payment systems and planned to trial contactless card payments this year with a commitment to accepting them next year.

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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