Is it safe to make mobile payment at fuel stations?

Is it safe to make mobile payment at fuel stations?

Submitted by Rashmi on Wed, 2016-12-28 16:02 Bengaluru: Tall claims are being made about making payments through mobile phones, post-demonetisation. While majority of the people are raving over this new smart way of transaction, petrol bunk owners are apprehensive about allowing customers to make payment through mobile phones. For, use of mobile phones is restricted while filling the fuel as they could cause explosion. Bfirst.in takes a reality check.“Mobile phones come in all size and shapes and we do not know about the components that go into the making of phones. Use of these phones can cause spark leading to fire,” said Balaji, a supervisor at the BGSR fuel station near Bangalore Central. Until now customers were restricted from using their phone but now customers prefer to pay through their phone at fuel stations. This is worrying, Balaji added.But these days Balaji is trying to convince the customers from using their phone – to make payment – with the help of a video footage on hazards of using phone in fuel station. “But how long,” he asks.Petrol bunks had to strictly comply with no use of phone rule to get the licence. But now, none of the authorities concerned have bothered to clarify on this, Balaji rued.Another employee at Indane Oil Petrol Bunk in Malleswaram said, "Customers get agitated if we tell them not to use the phone if they see others using the phone to make payment." This is a total confusion, he said.All the phones may not comply with the Indian safety standards and such phones are dangerous. But how does one make out whether such a phone is defective or not, wondered Rajendra Patil, a scientist at IISC. He was of the opinion that it is good to have cashless transaction but the authorities concerned must lay down the measures that ensure safety of use of phone in fuel stations.