Shell and PayPal have today announced the launch of a new pay at the pump service that will allow users to pay for their petrol with their smartphone.

This comes after the pair first launched the pilot scheme for the service in the UK in 2013.

Michael Hominick, Retail Marketing Manager at Shell UK, explained: “Customers will now have the flexibility and convenience of paying without having to leave their car. Those who want to go in store and pay or purchase other items will still be able to, with the benefit of reduced queues.”

Rob Harper, Director of Mobile Commerce at PayPal UK added that “We’ve always believed people will use their mobile phones to pay if there’s a clear benefit.”

That service is now ready to be released, and from April members of the Shell Drivers Club will be able to pay for their petrol using a mobile app, all payments from which will be made using PayPal’s services and will be accepted across the majority of Shell garages in the UK.

The company has also announced plans to allow for payments from the Shell Motorist app and the PayPal app later this year, meaning that everyone will soon be able to use the service.

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