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Doubts over drive-off fine

The industry has been left dazed and confused by the government's u-turn over plans to introduce an £80 fine for drive-offs.

Drive-off penalty confusion

Well, first let me say, how can there be such confusion over the proposals about the introduction of on-the-spot penalties for drive-offs? Firstly, the suggestion of a drive-off penalty was buried among the 'extra measures' being proposed to add to the current Penalty Notice Disorder. Then all of these proposals - which included an £80 fine for shop staff selling tobacco to under-18s - were withdrawn almost as soon as they were announced. By all accounts the government seemed to be enacting the penalties without any apparent consultation. And now there seems to be no answer to the subsequent "when and for how long" questions about any future consultation. And this is before the petrol retailing industry as a whole has decided whether such a penalty scheme for drive-offs - which cost the industry the very serious matter of £30m a year - would be a good thing or bad. For example BOSS, which represents UK service stations, seems in this instance to have completely opposing views to the retailers running them. How can that be?

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There was stiff competition in both the rural and motorway categories at this year's awards, and the judges were impressed with the very high standards from entrants.

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Still burning bright

Amid all the furore about the proposed tobacco display ban, tobacco manufacturers remain surprisingly upbeat about the UK tobacco category and its future. And when you take time to look at the figures you can see why. Currently 13 million adults choose to smoke tobacco products in the UK and between them they purchase nearly 47 billion cigarettes per year in retail outlets. And these sales generate £11.6bn in turnover.

Pump up the volume

The box office wasn't the only place where High School Musical proved a hit in 2008 - it was also a success for forecourt shop sales.

ACS victory over tobacco sales fine

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw plans to fine shop staff £80 for selling tobacco to under 18s - another measure proposed to be added to the Penalty Notice Disorder (PND). The on-the-spot-fine was due to come into force on 26 January, despite no communication or consultation with the retail trade. When the proposal was first muted last month ACS

LP gas coverage is rising across the UK

Autogas has announced an increase in the number of outlets providing LPG to their customers.

Hammond wins top prize at Jet awards

AW&D Hammond in Halesworth, Suffolk beat over 400 dealers to take the highest accolade at Jet's Aim Hi dealer programme.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 30 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.01131.46114.46
North East116.33131.57110.86
North West117.71131.66113.21
Northern Ireland113.94120.90108.13
South East120.0368.90132.46116.19
South West118.30130.34113.27
West Midlands118.8857.90135.85114.78
Yorkshire & Humber117.69131.84113.09

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