AA urges car tax re-think

14 February, 2017

Tax changes that penalise drivers of low emission vehicles and benefit higher emission cars should be dropped, the AA is urging.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on government to implement his new proposals for a national diesel scrappage fund that financially compensates motorists.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at the BP Snax 24 service station in Spring Road, Ipswich.

Hitachi and Honda have signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming to establish a joint venture company for development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles.

Volkswagen has pledged to spend $2bn over the next decade to promote zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the US as part of a legal settlement stemming from the company’s cheating on emissions tests for its diesel cars.

CNG Fuels, the supplier of biomethane fuel, and Waitrose, have announced that the supermarket group has introduced Europe’s most advanced fleet of CNG (compressed natural gas)-powered trucks with a range of up to 500 miles.

Humberside Police has released a CCTV image in a bid to catch a fraudster who has been ripping off petrol filling stations.

Criminals who carried out three ram raids on petrol fillings stations in two hours across Norfolk and Suffolk are being sought by police.

Top 50 Indie Westmorland has announced it has recruited a new chief executive as it unveiled strong growth in turnover and profits in its annual results.

Traffic was at a record high in the year ending December 2016, according to provisional estimates released by the Department for Transport.

Newspaper and magazine wholesaler Smiths News is urging forecourt customers who use its Connect2U website to migrate to its new online platform SNapp.

Tobacco company Philip Morris Limited (PML) has developed an online educational and interactive website for UK tobacco retailers.

The parent company of Certas Energy, the Irish conglomerate DCC plc, has reached agreement to buy Esso’s retail petrol station network in Norway for NOK2.43bn (£235m).

Sales of diesel cars have dipped despite the UK new car market achieving a 12-year high in January, according to figures published by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A man whose attack on a petrol station attendant was viewed on Facebook more than 71,000 times, has been jailed.

Euro Garages has snapped up four sites from its stricken fellow Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores.

Greenergy, the UK’s largest supplier of road fuels, has announced that it has reached agreement for Canadian company Brookfield Business Partners to take over and invest in the business with the aim of accelerating growth.

Euro Garages co-ceo Zuber Issa has confirmed to Forecourt Trader that the company completed a deal to buy the Little Chef chain of roadside restaurants on February 1.

Texaco customers in Northern Ireland have been offered the chance to save the equivalent of 5ppl on fuel.

Two Gulf customers win cars

03 February, 2017

Certas Energy’s most recent forecourt promotion, ‘Win a Car’, designed to drive up fuel volumes, has culminated with two customers driving home in brand new Gulf-branded Fiat 500s.

Pyjamas, onesies and cake bakes were the order of the day for Chartman Retail’s annual charity fun day on Friday January 27.

Applegreen has announced that its chief financial officer, Paul Lynch, has decided to leave the company.

The prices of petrol and diesel at the pumps increased by 2ppl in January to their highest for more than two years despite the wholesale cost of unleaded staying the same and diesel reducing, according to the latest RAC Fuel Watch report.

Shell UK is preparing to launch the lastest version of its premium fuel V-Power in the spring. The new fuel, which features 'Dynaflex technology' will be marketed across the media and on Shell forecourts nationwide as 'Britain's best fuel'.

James Pyott, founder of the Pyott Agency, which developed the global image for the Esso Synergy branding rolled out on 20,00 forecourts worldwide, sadly died last month.

The Government has been urged to ensure that plans to allow local authorities to keep 100% of their rates revenue are delivered in a way that promotes growth in all types of business.

General Motors (GM) and Honda have announced what they describe as the car industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.

Humberside Police have detained two men after they responded to reports of a break-in at Pace petrol station in Beverley Road, Hull.

A Jet dealer in Dundee fears he could be forced to close down by plans to more than triple his business rates.

Westminster City Council has received strong criticism after announcing it will run a trial of emissions-based charging for diesel cars parking within Marylebone.

A Bill requiring fuel receipts to show the amount of duty paid is being introduced in the House of Commons today (February 1).

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has recruited Paul Deary from fellow Top 50 Indie Applegreen to be its new head of food services.

Tesco has agreed a £3.7bn deal to buy wholesaler Booker, which owns the Londis, Budgens and Premier retail brands.

Shop lifting is at its highest reported level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

UK businesses with substantial sales via credit and debit cards could recover credit card fees totalling millions of pounds, according to commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (MMS).

BP is predicting that demand for oil will continue to rise over the next 20 years as growth of conventional vehicles far outstrips the increase in the number of electric vehicles.

Irish forecourt operator Topaz has introduced what it claims is Ireland’s most authentic Mexican street food experience at its Dublin Airport site.

BP Oil UK Limited has renewed its membership of the BOSS Payment Watch scheme for its company-owned retail fuel sites.

BP has bought a Shell-branded forecourt at Wadebridge, Cornwall, and will shortly begin redeveloping the site with plans including a new M&S Simply Food outlet.

Top 50 Indie MPK Garages has bought Riverside Service Station in Belper, Derbyshire. It was sold by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, on behalf of its owner Nick Webster for an undisclosed sum.

There should be more action to combat the illicit tobacco market rather than the introduction of a tobacco register, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee at the National Assembly of Wales has been told.

The Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy has been welcomed by the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

JTI has started the year by demonstrating its commitment to help tackle the illegal trade in tobacco.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to back gas-powered HGVs to improve air quality, by former development minister Mike Foster.

Government proposals to extend the period before the first MOT test is needed from three to four years, have been condemned by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and received qualified support from the RAC.

Top 50 Indie The Kay Group has just started work on its largest development to date on a brownfield site at Irlam in Greater Manchester.

A forecourt where a police officer was shot was “riddled with high velocity gunfire” which could easily have killed children who were at the service station or caused an explosion, according to senior officers.

A man has been arrested after a police officer was shot twice on a filling station forecourt in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Westminster City Council is about to start issuing penalty charge notices to motorists who do not switch off their engines while stationary, in a bid to cut air pollution.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to help secure the future of the UK's 19,128 rural shops and petrol stations in a new report.

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