FT - bp free fuel Jan 2021

BP is supplying free fuel to UK emergency services and teaming up with Deliveroo on its ’Lunch for Lifesavers’ initiative, in a bid to support essential services and frontline workers as they continue to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. 

The free fuel scheme is similar to the programme BP ran last year in which it supplied more than 10 million litres of fuel free to emergency service vehicles across the UK.

Under the latest initiative, emergency services vehicles issued with either a BP Plus or Allstar fuel card will be able to fill up without charge at BP’s network of 1,200 retail sites across the UK. This includes charging of electric vehicles through bp pulse (from January 27 only). This will apply to NHS, police, fire emergency services, blood transportation and NHS Trust non-emergency vehicles. The initiative launched this week and will run until March 31.

As part of the Deliveroo scheme, BP will donate a quarter of a million BP/M&S meals to the programme. Deliveroo will distribute the food free of charge to staff and volunteers at vaccination centres and continue to deliver to frontline NHS workers. 

Bernard Looney, BP chief executive said: “A year into this crisis, it continues to take a heavy toll on our neighbours and our nation. These latest initiatives use our resources and reach across the country to support essential services and the people who are working around the clock to keep us all safe. The UK has been our home for over a century and we feel it’s important that we do our bit to help.”