The New York City Council wants to make sure New Yorkers know exactly how much they’re paying at the pump. Lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require gas stations to advertise their cheaper rates for customers paying with cash.
State law prohibits businesses from charging customers extra for using a credit card, but there’s nothing on the books that says you can’t offer a discount for using cash.
"You might call that a distinction without a difference,” said Councilman Lew Fidler, who sponsored the bill, and wants to make the cash rates public. “In law school we called it a legal fiction, and New Yorkers call it absurd and irritating.”
Fidler said he expects the mayor to sign the bill next week.