Petrol prices are set to ease downwards as economic, fiscal and commodity trends combine to provide some positive news for UK motorists, according to the PRA.

Thieves attempting to steal diesel from a filling station in Carlisle were foiled after an alarm was tripped and police raced to the scene and caught them in the act.

The independent forecourt retailer sector could be supporting supermarket businesses to the tune of £10 million a year by participating in loyalty card schemes, claims Ramsay MacDonald, retail director of Certas Energy.

A man addicted to sniffing and drinking petrol has been given a suspended prison sentence after twice breaching an ASBO banning him from petrol stations.

A man who stole more than £6,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations across southern England and South Wales has been jailed for eight months.

Petrol filling stations will be included in a business rates discount after intervention by the PRA.

Around 60,000 litres of smuggled vodka and beer have been seized from two industrial units in Edmonton, north London, during a raid by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

One year on from the launch of its workspaces at UK motorway service stations, Regus has announced the opening of a second ‘Regus Express’ on the M25.

A new study by BOVAG, the Independent Garage Association’s (IGA) European counterpart, has found that only six of 13 manufacturer websites examined allowed the researchers to successfully establish a connection between a vehicle and the manufacturer’s website.

UK car makers are set to exceed production of 1.5 million cars for the first year since 2007.

Derbyshire police are appealing for information after a service station in Glossop was broken into and cigarettes were stolen.

Keith Mowbray, a well-known figure in the forecourt industry whose Maypole Service Station on the outskirts of Birmingham has been in mothballs for five years, has found a company to rejuvenate it.

Asda and Tesco have both claimed to have made cuts to their fuel prices today, although Asda’s petrol price is identical to the one it set on October 30 and diesel is 1ppl dearer.

The motorway service operator Welcome Break has announced a partnership deal with Subway, with two stores opened at service stations on 13th December.

The National Association of Bodyshops (NAB) has expressed concerns about the Competition Commission’s provisional findings on the private motor insurance market.

A convicted cigarette smuggler who fled the country six years ago has been jailed.

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts Group has announced an increase in turnover in its annual results.

Phillips 66 fuel brand Jet has announced that five new Scottish sites have joined its network of independent forecourts, taking its total number of sites throughout Scotland to 51.

The EU has agreed a revised tobacco directive intended to make tobacco products less attractive by strengthening the rules on how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented and sold.

A boost in profits of nearly 40% has been confirmed by Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Euro Garages, which attributes its success to a combination of strategic site acquisitions and the ongoing success of brand partnerships with Starbucks, Subway and Greggs.

A mystery problem with diesel is causing a wave of breakdowns across the UK, according to the RAC.

Police are appealing for information after more than £10,000 worth of diesel was stolen from a forecourt in Norfolk.

A Sainsbury’s forecourt appears to have been the fourth victim of an armed robber preying on retailers in North Lincolnshire.

A consultation on how to develop the advanced fuel industry in the UK has been launched by the government.

Members of the European Parliament are being urged to support a lower limit on the size of packaging for roll-your-own tobacco as part of the Tobacco Products Directive.

In a landmark move to curb the fuel discounting practices of the supermarkets, and its damaging effect on other fuel retailers, Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has brokered a voluntary ceasefire by the two biggest grocery chains.

The PRA is to follow Australia’s lead in seeking a voluntary agreement to curb the fuel discounting practices of the supermarkets, which have been so damaging to the independent petrol retailing sector. It is also calling for the OFT to re-open its investigation into the UK market.

Certas Energy has announced a preferred supplier arrangement with Londis that will provide Certas-supplied filling stations with a fast track to Londis for expert business advice and consultancy as they look to grow revenues.

Supporters of low carbon vehicles have welcomed a long-term commitment from the government to maintain the differential between the main rate of fuel duty and the rate for road fuel gases such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) and biomethane.

UK households have been cutting their expenditure on road fuels, according to a new report published today by the Government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Local shops should be included in the forthcoming plastic bag charge in England in 2015, the Association of Convenience Stores has told MPs.

A review of the planning system commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has revealed that the Government’s Town Centre First policies are failing, as councils across the country approve millions of square feet of new out of town retail development.

ACS welcomes new Victims Code

11 December, 2013

A statutory code has come into power this week which recognises businesses as victims of crime, and has provisions for ‘business impact statements’ to allow retailers to report the wider implications of crime on their stores.

North-west forecourt operator The Kay Group, which is ranked 24 in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has agreed a roll-out program with food retail energy reduction specialists, Enviroglow.

Cigarette smuggler sentenced

05 December, 2013

A serial tobacco smuggler has been sentenced for repeated attempts to smuggle illicit cigarettes into the UK, for sale on London streets.

The makers of components in the new canopies for two Sainsbury’s forecourts are claiming a world first in that the forecourt roof not only contains photovoltaic (PV) glass to generate electricity but is also transparent.

New car sales continue to rise

05 December, 2013

New car sales figures, released today, show month on month sales were up 7% compared with November last year. Private registrations have risen 11.6%, while fleet sales increased by 3.4%.

The Independent Garage Association (IGA), the trade association representing the independent garage sector across the UK, is to launch its own ‘Car Repair Plan’ to help consumers spread the cost of repair work to their vehicles.

Police in Manchester have released CCTV footage of a man they want to question about a racially motivated crime at a service station.

Almost 30 tonnes of toxic waste have been recovered after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in South Armagh by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on December 4.

Changes to the business rates regime and the widely expected freeze on fuel duty announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, have been welcomed by the PRA’s parent body RMI.

Nearly two and a half years after major problems regarding vapour recovery were first raised with the Government and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a Treasury minister has finally agreed to meet representatives of the PRA.

Jet has unveiled the first of a raft of initiatives to celebrate the brand's 60th anniversary in 2014. From Monday, November 25 until Friday December 20, hundreds of Jet forecourts nationwide will participate in Jet's 1954 Free Prize Draw.

The Government's application to extend its fuel duty rebate scheme has been delayed and will not be submitted until next year, the minister responsible has admitted to the House of Commons.

The PRA has called on the Government to consider carefully the potential impact on retailers of standardised packaging for tobacco.

Asda plans standalone sites

04 December, 2013

Asda is aiming to have 100 standalone filling stations by 2018.

Damaging retail cost increases were the focus of the annual Heart of the Community Conference organised by the Association of Convenience Stores, attended by more than 150 forecourt and convenience retailers.

in brief

04 December, 2013

MP calls for cut in duty

A Shropshire forecourt store has been re-launched after a £300,000 makeover that almost doubled its size.

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced the signing of a new multi-site fuel supply agreement with Jet.

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