From Oct 15, only 5 ‘other bank ATM’ transactions a month

Bank customers will soon realise the stark reality; there is no free lunch in the business of banking.

After allowing customers to enjoy free, no-holds-barred access to ATMs of all banks for over four months, banks have realised that such a facility should be restricted to prevent its “misuse”.

The restriction on free access to non-home bank ATMs will kick in from October 15, and bank customers are not going to like it one bit.

The Reserve Bank of India has acquiesced to the Indian Banks’ Association’s request to allow savings bank customers only five free transactions at non-home bank ATMs in a month.

Now, if a customer chooses to use a non-home bank ATM to withdraw cash or make balance enquiry more than five times a month, there will be a debit ranging from Rs 12 to Rs 20 from his/her savings bank account. This debit will go to reimburse the bank whose ATM has been used.

Savings bank customers will be subject to a withdrawal ceiling of Rs 10,000 a transaction at non-home bank ATMs.

Further, current account holders will not be allowed to use ATMs as they enjoy electronic payment facilities such as Real Time Gross Settlement and National Electronic Funds Transfer.

“We have agreed to the IBA’s proposal which limits the number of transactions at non-home bank ATMs,” said Ms Alpana Killawala, Chief General Manager, Department of Communication, RBI.

Mr K. Unnikrishnan, Deputy Chief Executive, IBA, emphasised that individual banks have the discretion to offer their customers free-of-cost ATM access at other bank ATMs. “The broad contours of ATM transactions at other bank ATMs have been drawn up as per RBI guidelines. If individual banks want to continue to offer unrestricted free ATM access to their customers at other bank ATMs, then the discretion is entirely theirs.”

A study by the Association shows that the average cash withdrawal per transaction from ATMs is Rs 3,500 and that 90 per cent of the transactions were under Rs 10,000. Free access to customers at other bank ATMs has led to a sharp spurt in the number of transactions, small cash withdrawals (of even Rs 100), frequent balance enquiries, ATMs often running out of cash as some banks allowed cash withdrawals up to Rs 75,000 in each transaction, and misuse of the facility by current account customers.

Source: BusinessLine


No Charges for using other banks ATM

No Charges for using ATM says RBI

No Charges for using ATM says RBI

Cheers to all Bank Account holders as they need not pay any charges with effect from 01.04.09, for using the automated teller machines (ATM) of other banks, i.e., banks other than the one in which they have account.

During March-2008, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked banks to limit charges for customers using automated teller machines (ATMs) of other banks to Rs 20 per transaction from 31st March 2008. It was also ordered by RBI that this service should be offered free of cost to customers from April 1, 2009. This would be irrespective of the amount and the bank where the customer holds the account.

Banks can, however, levy charges determined by themselves for withdrawals using credit cards and from ATMs located overseas.

RBI has taken the decision of exempting ATM service charges after analysing the public comments received on an Approach Paper released by it on December 23, 2007

To check the further details read this RBI Circular dated 10.03.08 on ATM Charges.