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Motorcycle sales slow down

The motorcycle industry has seen a significant slowdown in sales, according to latest figures covering February from the Motor Cycle Industry Association.

£110m investment in traffic hotspots announced

Traffic hotspots across England have been identified by transport secretary Chris Grayling to receive millions of pounds for junction upgrades, roundabout improvements and better traffic signalling.

ACS slams muddled business rates response

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to clarify its position on business rates appeals, after it published its response to a consultation on business rate reforms.

Burning ram raid van left lodged in forecourt shop

A van has been crashed into the front of a petrol station in Salford, Greater Manchester, before being set on fire during a ram raid.

Cost of c-store crime in 2016 estimated at £232m

Crimes against convenience retailers are estimated to have cost £232m last year, according to the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017.

Rontec chairman and ceo Gerald Ronson

Rontec to add 40 more Morrisons stores at its sites

Top 50 Indie Rontec is extending its partnership with Morrisons with plans for a further 40 convenience stores across its sites, but Morrisons’ trial with a second Top 50 Indie, MFG, has been terminated.

Illicit tobacco campaign stepped up

Imperial Tobacco and trade industry body the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) have responded to the continuing illicit tobacco trade with a new, wholesale-focused instalment in the Suspect it? Report it! campaign.

Diesel car sales declining

Diesel car sales continued a steady decline while the overall UK new car market dipped slightly in February, sliding 0.3%, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

PRA holds Live and Local meeting in Dartford

Forecourt operators in the South East are being invited by the PRA to a Live and Local meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford, on March 15.

Prolific drive-off offender convicted

A Slough man has been convicted of a range of motoring offences including two counts of making off without payment for petrol, with a further 13 offences of making off without payment taken in to consideration.

Man charged after ATM is blown up

A man has been charged in connection with the attempted theft of an ATM in Oxted, Surrey, on Saturday March 4.

Valero completes multi-million pound Avonmouth upgrade

Following the completion of its multi-million pound expansion, Valero’s Avonmouth fuel terminal is now delivering all fuel grades to customers in the South West.

Talks to extend Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme

The PRA has held talks with HM Treasury and HMRC about extending the life of Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme at a meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC last week (February 28).

Applegreen buys Birmingham forecourt

Top 50 Indie Applegreen has acquired Circle Garage on Kingstanding Road in Birmingham.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson

Chancellor rebuffs calls for fuel duty cut

Chancellor Philip Hammond has rebuffed calls for a reduction in fuel duty in his Budget, and has stuck to the freeze that he announced last autumn.

Chartman's Winterbourne Abbas site

Chartman Retail reopens West Country forecourt

Residents of Winterbourne Abbas in Dorset, together with local commuters and passing drivers have been celebrating the re-opening of the village forecourt and shop by Top 50 indie Chartman Retail.

Warning over deadline for alcohol registration scheme

Retailers are being warned there is just one month to go until the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) will require them to check that their wholesalers are approved by HMRC by checking the Unique Reference Number (URN) on their invoices.

Nisa reveals 40th anniversary plans

Nisa Retail has announced the launch of its 40th Anniversary celebrations.

C-store chain stages first trade show

Fast-growing Central Convenience Stores, which includes 15 forecourts among its 100-plus outlets in the south of England, is holding its first trade show, bringing together suppliers, store managers and the Central senior management team.

Dumping diesel could harm fight against CO2

The current government focus on harmful emissions from diesel vehicles could damage attempts to lower the amount of CO2 produced by transport in the UK.

Asda applies to build two forecourts

Asda has submitted planning applications for two new petrol filling stations (PFSs), with one near its supermarket at Arnold in Nottingham, and the other at its store at Antrim in Northern Ireland.

Moto unveils plans for £40m A1(M) service area

Plans for a £40m development on the A1(M) have been unveiled by motorway service area operator Moto Hospitality.

RAC welcomes stabilisation in fuel prices

After two months of rises at the pumps, the price of petrol and diesel stabilised in February, according to RAC Fuel Watch data.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson

PRA presses for 3ppl fuel duty cut in Treasury meeting

The PRA has urged the Chancellor to cut fuel duty by 3ppl in next week’s Budget on 8 March.

Tobacco smugglers jailed

Two men have been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers found that a warehouse in Sandbach was used as a distribution hub by international cigarette smugglers in an £840,000 tax fraud.

Police investigate assault on forecourt

Humberside Police are appealing for the victim of an unreported robbery on a forecourt in Grimsby on Sunday 26 February to come forward and contact them.

Retailers urged to prepare for new £1 coin

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is encouraging retailers to ensure that their stores are ready for the introduction of the new £1 coin on March 28.

London borough invests in charging points

Islington Council is aiming to become one of the leading boroughs in cleaning up London’s air quality by installing more than 100 roadside electric charging points.

Knife man robs Tesco petrol station

Hampshire Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a service station in Dibden.

Drivers cutting mileage due to higher fuel prices

A quarter of drivers (24%) are restricting their car use and one in seven (14%) is cutting back on non-fuel spending after average UK petrol prices rose to 120ppl and diesel to 122ppl at the beginning of February.

Gunfire as Flying Squad arrest robbers

A shot was fired and a Taser discharged as two men were arrested by Flying Squad officers after a raid on a van delivering cash to a Shell service station on February 27.

Think hard about diesel warns transport secretary

The transport secretary has warned that drivers considering buying diesel cars should take a “long, hard think”.

Maxol invests €2m in three new sites

Maxol has announced the creation of 50 jobs with the completion of three new sites in Leinster in the Republic of Ireland.

Top 50 Indies increase share of UK forecourts to 26%

The companies that make up Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies now account for 26% of the forecourts in the entire UK market.

House of Lords debates parking changes

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has briefed peers ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on a new Bill which would require local authorities to consult with community stakeholders before putting up parking charges in their area.

26 different AFVs arrayed in front of London Bridge

Car makers promote low-emission vehicles

UK car makers demonstrated their commitment to developing the latest low emission vehicles with a special display in London this week.

CCTV of robbery in Sheffield

Police release CCTV images after robbery

Police officers investigating a robbery at a petrol station in Sheffield, have released CCTV images in connection with the incident.

Cash machine blown up at Surrey service station

Detectives investigating after an ATM was blown up at a Surrey petrol station and are appealing for anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious to come forward.

MacDonald voices concerns over business rates

Ramsay MacDonald, retail director of Certas Energy, has voiced his concerns following the government’s business rate announcement this week.

marketing material on Texaco site

Texaco relaunches Supreme fuel with 10ppl off promotion

Texaco Supreme will be relaunched in the UK on Monday March 6 with a “Save 10p per litre on Supreme Fuel” promotion across 100 sites in the North West.

Euro Garages buys four more High Noon forecourt sites

Euro Garages has bought four more forecourt sites from the stricken former Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores, which went into administration in January.

Independents closing price gap on supermarkets

Independent dealers have been praised by the AA for seizing the chance to undercut the fuel prices of the Big Four in its latest Fuel Price Report.

PRA urges rates concessions for forecourts

The PRA has urged the government to extend any concessions on business rates to the forecourt sector after suggestions that measures to support small businesses, especially those involved in hospitality, will be included in the March Budget.

£4m funding for road technology announced

The Government has awarded £4m to local authorities for technology projects that will cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment.

11 arrested over £12m illicit tobacco plot

Eleven men have been arrested as a suspected illicit tobacco factory was dismantled in north-west England by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

London mayor confirms charge for most polluting vehicles

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that a £10 toxic “T-Charge”, for the most polluting vehicles, will start in central London on October 23 this year.

Topaz and McDonald's team up for motorway services

Topaz and McDonald’s are to create 230 new jobs through the creation of two new motorway service areas (MSAs) in Carlow and Fermoy in the Irish Republic.

New national forecourt crime initiative launched

The Home Office, fuel retailers and police have come together to tackle the £36m annual cost of fuel theft on the UK’s petrol forecourts.

Shell's hydrogen refueling station at Cobham

Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Shell has launched its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25.

Government to force service stations to offer hydrogen

The government is going ahead with plans to give it powers to force “large fuel retailers” and operators of motorway service areas to provide electric charging points and hydrogen refuelling facilities.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 17 April 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.95131.24118.34
North East119.40130.73117.21
North West120.01128.97118.13
Northern Ireland119.1063.50117.39
South East121.0958.50129.83119.18
South West120.38128.30118.45
West Midlands120.3661.57130.37118.53
Yorkshire & Humber119.72129.97118.08

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