Drivers now have to pay 30p for air at Sainsbury’s petrol stations

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Supermarket Sainsbury’s has introduced a brand new charge for drivers around the UK.

Shoppers with cars will now be asked to pay 30p for a service that was previously free of charge.

If you nip to the supermarket giant’s petrol stations and want to put air in your tyres this will no longer be a complimentary service.

Drivers have been hit by the change around the country as they head to garages.

Previously, you could top up your tires without paying, but now you’ll have to shell out for air.

And, the free water has also been cut as shoppers will now need to pay £1 to fill up with screen wash.

Sainsbury’s is one of the Big Six supermarket firms including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl.

Some of the supermarket’s rivals also offer petrol and diesel pumps.

The move to charge for previously free services has been criticised by drivers in interviews with news publications, claims Birmingham Live.

One driver toldThe 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.”

While another added: "You would have to be Billy Whizz to check tyre pressure in four tyres in three mins. Penny pinching again”

While 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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