Richard Lloyd
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Treasury urged to ban debit card surcharges

A consumer group has stepped up pressure on the government to ban surcharges on online debit card travel purchases.

Consumers' association Which? said a small amendment to current legislation was all that was needed to outlaw the practice.

In June, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) proposed a change in the law to abolish such charges.

Since then, consumers have paid up to £18 million in debit card fees, says Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?

He says consumers are left "in the dark" and don't know the full price when they start to make a booking.