Sainsbury’s customers hit with 30p charge for previously free service

Sainsbury’s customers are now faced with a charge for a previously free service.

The supermarket giant is now charging drivers 30p for air at its forecourts.

This service used to be free of charge at its stations.

But now drivers must fork out for it – and free water has also been replaced, with punters charged £1 for screenwash.

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Drivers have criticised the move in interviews with national media publications.

Sainsbury’s is one of the so called Big Six supermarket chains in the country.

Its rivals include the likes of Tesco, which is Britain’s biggest grocer.

Morrisons and Asda complete the so called Big Four, with each offering petrol and diesel pumps.

Aldi and Lidl are two of the four’s budget rivals.

One driver told The Sun newspaper: “Had to pay twice for air on your new money grabbing machine as three mins isn’t enough for Landrover tyres.

“Given the profits you lot make it’s pathetic that you are charging for this. Won’t buy fuel there again.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We regularly review the services we provide our customers.

“We have invested in the facilities at our petrol filling stations, offering a variety of services including screen wash air towers and contactless payment options, offering even more convenience for our customers.”

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