The access to these archives is now worldwide, as most bank programming is now done offshore. It could also be the date on which you want the payee to present the cheque at the bank.
For example, Shell announced in September that it would no longer accept cheques at its UK petrol stations. This signature must match the signature on record with your bank, or your cheque will bounce.
By cheques lagged well behind EFTPOS debit card transaction and electronic credits, making up only nine per cent of transactions, an annual average of 41 cheque transaction per capita.
A cheque that you write so that the recipient presents it at his or her bank on a future date is called a post-dated cheque.
In Poland cheques were withdrawn from use inmainly because of lack of popularity due to the widespread adoption of credit and debit cards. Asda announced in April that it would stop accepting cheques, initially as a trial in the London area,  and Boots announced in September that it would stop accepting cheques, initially as a trial in Sussex and Surrey.
In Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Scandinavia, cheques have almost completely vanished in favour of direct bank transfers and electronic payments.
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Acceptance of cheques has been further diminished since the late s, because of the abolition of the Eurocheque.