Banks charge for failed transaction at another bank ATM

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Banks charge for failed transaction at another bank ATM
In case you are in dire need of cash and can only find another bank's ATM for withdrawing cash which happens in most of the cases, you can be charged a penalty sum in the event when the transaction fails. The reason for transaction failure can be either due to a negligence on your part or when the machine is not loaded with ample cash. And such penalty is levied by almost all the banks as ATM decline charges.

To understand it better, in case you are a debit card holder of Axis Bank and make the withdrawal request through SBI ATM or ATM machine of some other bank and by chance happen to make a wrong entry in respect of the amount say Rs. 25,000 instead of Rs. 2,500, your request can fail in case the account does not holds that much amount. In the event, a message indicating failure of the transaction due to insufficient funds shall appear on the screen, which we rarely give importance to only to complete the withdrawal transaction. For failure of the transaction due to lack of sufficient funds at another bank ATM also, decline charges are levied on the customer.

Such charges due to customer's mistake are even justifiable but if the transaction failure is due to insufficient funds in the ATM, is it correct to levy a penalty is still the question.

ATM decline charge vary from bank to bank

Banks on their discretion can decide on the ATM decline charges. Some public sector banks including Vijaya Bank do not levy such a charge while many others in the private sector space usually charge base charge plus the service tax as ATM decline charge for each of the failed transaction. The base charge could range anyway between Rs. 10 and Rs. 25 and a service tax can increase the amount to Rs 28 in case a base charge of Rs. 25 is levied by the bank.

Read more about: bank, atm, debit card, banking
Story first published: Friday, April 11, 2014, 14:50 [IST]
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