Fuelling up for a smart futureat the pump?
Firm launches tag to ease queues, drivers question Dhs250 fee
Ever wished you could drive into a petrol station, fill up and drive straight off? Well the days of fumbling about trying to find cash stuffed in your glove box or waiting for the card machine to register might be over.
Enoc/Eppco has launched its ViP ( Vehicle Identification Pass) for motorists in the UAE.
A bit like Salik for petrol, the ViP is a tag that will cost you Dhs250 and you install on your vehicle. The firm says drivers can add as many cars as they want to the account, which can be topped up online, or in Enoc/Eppco service stations.
Enoc says the concept of driving in, refuelling and driving straight out will save motorists up to four minutes per visit.
However, drivers have questioned the fee.
“Why can’t we have a simple credit card mechanism?” Falsal Sayeed wrote on the 7DAYSUAE Facebook page.
Michelle Haynes added that was a great idea but asked: “Why on Earth does it cost Dhs250?”
Under the scheme, which will be rolled out today, drivers who open an account will receive an email and SMS with the amount deducted and the remaining balance in their accounts.
A spokesperson for Enoc/Eppco said the Dhs250 is for the cost of the tag only and that customers will have to pay to top up their account.
Enoc/Eppco expects to sign up 100,000 drivers by the end of 2016. “Customers can purchase, install and use ViP service at any of our 112 stations starting today (April 11),” the firm said. However, Akbar Xaid said: “If we can link credit cards then good … otherwise no way am I paying 250 for account and installation … The top up is a headache.” While Mikhail Fernandes added: “Are you serious Dhs250??? Don’t you think that’s a lot for opening an account?” he said. Burhan Al Hashemi, Managing Director, Enoc Retail, said: “Since we launched ViP for corporate customers two years ago, more than 75,000 commercial vehicles, including 8,000 taxis, were able to benefit. “Over 3,000 of our commercial customers were able to save four to six per cent annually on fuel expenses and reduce waiting time at the stations.” The firm suggests the new service could save drivers up to four hours annually in waiting for petrol and payment. “Now, by extending this service to the general public, we are passing on the benefits of this technology, which are real and time-tested.”