The maximum one-off spending on ‘tap and go’ contactless card is rising from £30 to £45 in the UK from today (April 1).
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) clarified that while some stores today will adopt the new contactless cap, shoppers might not be able to instantly take advantage of the increase everywhere, given the strain COVID-19 has put on the retail industry.
The BRC’s head of payments policy, Andre Cregan, said: “The last contactless limit increase to £30 took two years to implement but, given the extraordinary circumstances we face today, this new £45 limit will be rolled out from [today].
“Some shops will take longer to make the necessary changes, given the strain they’re under. In the meantime, most customers can continue to make contactless payments for higher amounts using their smartphone.”
The latest measure is hoped to reduce the need for consumers to handle a pin pad, thereby reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus.