Government plans crackdown on handling charges

The Government plans to make airlines and concert-ticket sellers justify their handling charges, the Irish Examiner has reported.

An EU directive, designed to make sure the levies are not just a cash-raising exercise, is due to be written into Irish law at the end of this year.

It will also mean web sites cannot sneak extra charges in by using opt-out and tick boxes.

Examples of such increases include those such as Ryanair’s administration fee and Aer Lingus' charge for handling credit card payments.

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is reportedly planning to introduce the consumer legislation this year.

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