Amid rising complaints, the CCPA has issued guidelines for preventing unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights with regard to levying of service charge.
As per the guidelines, “No hotels or restaurants shall add service charge automatically or by default in the bill.”
There should not be any collection of service charge by any other name, it added.
No hotel or restaurant can force a consumer to pay service charge. They have to clearly inform the consumer that service charge is voluntary, optional and at consumer’s discretion.