The National ATM Council Inc. says MasterCard should delay its upcoming April 19 ATM liability shift deadline for its Maestro cards used at U.S. ATMs, based on the industry's slowness in deciding on a common code for EMV debit transactions to satisfy federal routing choice mandates.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based council, a trade association representing independent ATM providers and suppliers in the U.S., said Feb. 15 it has sent a letter to MasterCard requesting the delay. In addition, the council wants MasterCard to adjust its liability shift deadlines to coincide exactly with those of Visa Inc. to alleviate any confusion in the ATM industry.

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