State Sen. Lee Zeldin announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation requiring gas stations to clearly display the difference in cash and credit prices at the pump.
Patch last week that some Long Island gas stations are now charging a $1 more for customers who pay with plastic.
“I am concerned that some gas stations on Long Island are getting away with charging consumers as much as $1 per gallon more for credit card than with cash," said Zeldin, R-Shirley, chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. "Moreover, the deceptive advertising that is happening is outrageous and has to stop."
Zeldin's legislation would require gas stations to post both the cash and credit price prominently on the street level display sign. The new law would only apply to gas stations that charge more than a 10 cent difference between the cash and credit prices. Gas and service stations would face stiff penalties for not bringing their advertizing practices into compliance.
“Requiring gas stations to post the markup they are charging will protect consumers as they shop around for the best price,” Zeldin said.
State Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, has that he will introduce legislation that would require the same gas prices for credit or cash.
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