Fu­elling up for a smart fu­tureat the pump?

Firm launches tag to ease queues, driv­ers ques­tion Dhs250 fee

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - @7DAYSUAE By 7DAYS News Team

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.”

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