A tanker driver's blog has put declining safety standards and working conditions firmly at the heart of the dispute between Unite and tanker driver employers. 

Unite has ruled out Easter strike action by tanker drivers in a bid to focus on talks. The announcement came as the union confirmed it was ready to start substantive talks through Acas as soon as possible.

Motorists have pushed up fuel demand rapidly over just four days to yesterday’s unsustainable levels, according to RMI Petrol.

Goole-based family business Jos Richardson & Son has re-opened Longs Corner Service Station in Howden, Yorkshire, bringing its network of sites up to five.

Local shops are calling on MPs and Peers to oppose legislation introduced to remove Sunday Trading restrictions across England and Wales this summer.

Chaos on Britain’s forecourts has continued today as motorists followed confusing advice issued by government ministers to keep their tanks topped up, with one even suggesting using jerry cans.

RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson has spoken out in condemnation of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) for its “complete lack of engagement with industry” in the lead-up to the Unite ballot results on Monday, which recommended strike action by fuel tanker drivers.

RMI Petrol has issued a guidance note warning that retailers need to undertake a formal risk assessment before permitting access to any new third-party tanker drivers.

Retailers are already reporting fuel shortages as motorists start panic-buying in response to tanker drivers voting in favour of a strike yesterday.

UKPIA has stressed that its members give high priority to safety issues within the industry, following criticism by the Unite union following a ballot in which tanker drivers voted for strike action.

Tanker drivers delivering fuel to forecourts across the UK have voted in favour of strike action, sparking feelings of shock  and surprise among petrol retailers.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is to table an amendment to the Budget which it says would freeze future increases in fuel duty.

RMI Petrol has joined the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) as affinity group members. The deal, which gives RMI Petrol the same standing in ACS policy-making as symbol group members, takes effect from April 1 and is aimed at giving independent forecourt retailers comprehensive representation for their businesses.

Local shops and wholesalers have committed to support the government’s latest responsibility deal pledge to remove one billion units of alcohol from the market place.

The RMI Petrol's submission to the Office of Fair Trading will be one of many key topics covered on the Forecourt Live area at next week's Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show at the NEC, Birmingham (March 25-27).

The average price of petrol at the pumps has now reached 140.20ppl, with diesel hitting a new record of 146.72ppl.

The Chancellor's decision to press ahead with plans to levy the deferred duty increase of of 3.02ppl from August 1 this year has been described as irresponsible by RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson, as he reviewed today's Budget speech.

ACS has condemned the Government’s decision to allow large stores to open late on Sundays during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is estimated will cost small stores of £480million.

The Chancellor’s decision to increase fuel duty in August was described as a “Budget Blow-Out by the AA, whose research shows such increases will force two thirds of drivers out of their cars for some journeys. For almost one fifth of drivers these increases will hit their food budget as 18% of all drivers will have to cut back on grocery shopping.
 

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the measures on tax and finance in today's Budget statement, but insists the smallest firms must benefit from new National Loan Guarantee and Business Finance Partnership schemes

 

The Government's Budget announcement of an 8% rise in tobacco duty, despite recent data from JTI warning that one in every four cigarettes smoked in the UK is not taxed, has stunned the tobacco manufacturer.

Fuel supplier Transglobal Fuels emerged as the Fastest Growing Large Business and Overall Fastest Growing Business at the 2012 Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards, organised and sponsored by top 100 UK law firm Ward Hadaway in association with the Yorkshire Post.

RMIP chairman Brian Madderson will be at the centre of the action on the Forecourt Live area at next week's Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show at the Birmingham NEC.

Police from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the theft of an ATM from outside a Murco forecourt in Whitstable.

A Nottinghamshire forecourt retailer has warned that a lack of signs on a new road which bypasses his site is causing motorists to run out of fuel.

Thieves broke into a BP forecourt in Buntingford, Hertfordshire and made off with thousands of pounds worth of tobacco, alcohol and cash.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police have joined forces for a new operation which aims to tackle misrepresented number plates displayed on vehicles using the counties’ roads.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has hit back at the government’s plans to extend Sunday trading during the Olympics period over the Summer.

Asda has launched a new petrol price comparison site powered by independent price checker www.PetrolPrices.com, to enable drivers across the UK to find the lowest-priced fuel before they fill up.

A study into easing congestion on Britain's roads through private invesment in the national network is to be undertaken by the Department for Transport and Treasury. The announcement was made by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said innovative approaches to the funding of our national roads was needed. 

Forecourt Trader of the Year winners Mohsin and Zuber Issa have been named entrepreneurs of the year at the first English Asian Business Awards.

Murco Petroleum is benefiting from an advanced secure payment back-up service ensuring complete connectivity across all of its forecourts in the UK.

Top 50 Indie, the Batley-based Brookfield group, shone at last night’s Convenience Retail Awards, organised by Forecourt Trader sister publications The Grocer and Convenience Store.

Duns Service Station in Scotland has been named winner of Jet’s annual ‘Aim4success’ awards, which recognise dealers’ commitment to providing high levels of service, safety, training and communication.

RMI Petrol has branded the news that David Cameron and Barack Obama are discussing plans to force down the price of fuel by releasing reserves of oil to boost global supply as more “smoke and mirrors” ahead of the budget next week.

The government is considering plans to cut off uninsured drivers’ petrol supply by linking information using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) at forecourts.

Family-run Scottish fuel distributor Gleaner Oils has been put up for sale by its owners, who want to retire from the business.

Murco Petroleum has announced four senior management appointments within its retail operations, filling the personnel gaps left by Jeremy Clarke and Jim Mulheran’s move to Motor Fuel Group at the end of December.

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is changing its mode of forecourt operation from direct managed to commission operator.

Treasury officials are trying to spin their way out of the current debate over fuel duty by suggesting that they are giving £4bn back to the motorist by deferring previous duty increases, says RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson.

Fuel stations across North Tyneside are gearing up for a new initiative to halt fuel thefts supported by Northumbria Police.

Nisa has introduced a seasonal planning guide providing indepth planogram and ranging advice covering the relevant months and the key trading events they may present.

Forty-eight roadside restaurants, consisting mainly of former Little Chef sites, are being brought to market by Christie & Co. This follows the announcment by Little Chef earlier this year that it was closing 67 sites around the UK.

Around 300 protestors braved heavy rain to support FairFuelUK’s mass lobby of MPs at Westminster yesterday in the campaign for fuel duty cuts.

The number of forecourts in the UK continued to decline over the past year, falling to just 8,480 sites, according to the latest Retail Marketing Survey, conducted by the Energy Institute (EI).

Baby born at BP forecourt

08 March, 2012

A baby girl was born on a BP forecourt in Ashton-under-Lyne after her desperate parents spotted an ambulance filling up with fuel.

Mother stole fuel

08 March, 2012

A mother of five drove off from a forecourt after filling up because she had no money to pay. The Blackpool Gazette said Kelly Coles, aged 30, admitted making off without paying from Corton Beach service station in Blackpool last September.

A driver from Huntingdon has said he was left with a £500 repair bill for his Saab after filling up with the diesel at the Tesco forecourt in the town last month.

A forecourt in Sunderland has had its off licence extended so it can now sell alcohol around the clock.Despite five formal objections, Sunderland councillors have given the go ahead for Monkwearmouth Service Station to sell booze 24 hours a day.

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