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    Moving the goalposts

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    The announcement that the government may bring forward the end of sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035, or even earlier, has alarmed many stakeholders involved in the automotive industry. The sector has been working towards a target date of 2040 since it was first set ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    To paraphrase former US President Gerald Ford, our long national nightmare is over. Sort of. After three rollercoaster years, the Brexit wars are finally at an end. Britain is now firmly outside the club. If you thought it was safe, however, to assume politics will return to the humdrum potholes ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    I love Heinz Tomato Ketchup and I also love chocolate but the two together? I don’t think so. However, some bright spark has combined the two into a product that’s excusively available from Fortnum Masons for Valentine’s Day. According to the Fortnum’s website, the chocolate truffles balance ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    Just in case you thought you knew all you needed to know about the timescale for the transition to EVs, along comes, pardon the pun, a bit of a shock. The government, under huge pressure from powerful global eco lobbies to ’do more’ about the ’climate emergency’ has reacted. Wanting ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    As chairman of the Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG) I had to postpone a meeting that was due to have taken place at the beginning of January. The reason being that Brexit, followed by the pre-election purdah, had meant that the Health and Safety Executive was unable to agree the ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2020-02-10T00:00:00Z

    When China sneezes, the oil markets catch a cold. Mirroring the effects of the SARS crisis in 2002, oil markets shed more than $8/bl in January on the back of the potential impact on oil demand from the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. The apparent calming of the Middle ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Did you see the story about people in Newcastle queuing to get their hands on Greggs’ new Vegan Steak Bake? According to The Sun, the first person in the queue waited six hours for the midnight unveiling of the meat- and dairy-free snack. And the first 200 people through ...

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    Editor: Merril Boulton

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to one and all. Hope everything went well and you all enjoyed a successful festive period on your forecourts. Generally the outlook for the New Year looks pretty good for the forecourt convenience sector (see News Extra, page 10). That’s if you ignore the explosively escalating ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    This year BOSS will be celebrating the first decade of BOSS Payment Watch and our research indicates that since it was established, we’ve helped forecourt retailers to prevent and recover £100m of losses from forecourt crime. The first ’no means of payment’ (NMoP) scheme was a real milestone for ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices gained steadily through December before the assassination of leading Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3 took Ice Brent futures to $69.50/bl for the first time since attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September. Prices at the pump reacted to the gains on international markets ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    The start of the new year is often a time when we reflect on the events of the past 12 months and look ahead to what the next year may hold both in terms of opportunities and challenges. This year will see the new government make its mark not ...

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    Riding crest of the wave into 2020

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    After MFG got approval for its huge takeover of MRH in 2018, the market was bracing itself for an even bigger deal in 2019, with Sainsbury bidding to take over Asda to become the UK’s biggest fuel retailer by volume. But while the Competition and Markets Authority was willing to ...

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    Zeroing in with fuels

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    The government made its commitment to electrification of transport clear in its Road to Zero strategy, which it published in July 2018. The document claimed the government remains ’technology neutral’ but then devoted the majority of its pages to highlighting its support for the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    We all know that we should be doing more to cut down on waste, whether it’s packaging or food, but I fear one organisation has gone too far. BusinessWaste.co.uk reckons it’s time to ban Christmas dinner as it estimates that 150,000 tonnes of it ends up in landfill. Press releases ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    It is clear that many people around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the negative impact of Climate Change and that fossil fuels are seen by politicians, medics and environmentalists as a primary cause. Social media has been a powerful tool affecting this rapid change in outlook. Change ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    It promises to be a significantly more memorable festive season than usual what with the election, the political noise and ’who knows what’ will follow. UKPIA director general Stephen Marcos (see news page 3 and Forecourt Trader website) has called this election "one of the most important for generations", and ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    International oil markets edged higher in November as winter heating demand kicked in. But crude oil still looked well supplied ahead of an Opec meeting on December 5 in Vienna, when the cartel will consider production levels in concert with key producers such as Russia. Brent crude futures ended ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Dame Sara Thornton, the recently appointed Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has published her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021. The plan focuses on improving victim care and support, supporting law enforcement and prosecution, concentrating on prevention and getting value from research and innovation. Here are its main points with particular reference to car ...

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    EVolving the network

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    Shell is planning to be the first fuel retailer in the UK to take out traditional fuels from an operating service station and replace them with an electric vehicle-only charging hub. An application for planning permission for the development on the company’s site in Fulham, west London, was made at ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    New labels were added to your fuel pumps recently, as new rules require each pump to have either an E5 label for petrol or B7 label for diesel. These shorthand labels tell motorists that their petrol has up to 5% ethanol, and diesel up to 7% biodiesel content by ...