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June

Traffic volumes stable in 2012

Overall traffic volumes in the UK last year were broadly similar to 2011 and 2010, according to new figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT), at 302.6 billion vehicle miles.

Road deaths at record low

The number of people killed in road accidents last year fell to the lowest figure since records began in 1926, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Costco voted North America's favourite petrol station

Costco is where North American consumers prefer to fill their fuel tanks, according to a study by US customer intelligence company Market Force Information.

Cigarette smuggling ring smashed

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has smashed a £26m cigarette smuggling operation based in Yorkshire.

US Supreme Court rejects biofuel challenge

An attempt to block the sale of E15 blended petrol in the US has been quashed by the Supreme Court.

Spanish forecourt workers to strike

Strikes by petrol station workers in Spain are being planned for next month, according to English language news website Thinkspain.

FTA welcomes road building commitment

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the government's announcement that all the major projects in the Highways Agency pipeline for the Strategic Road Network are to be delivered.

Forecourts vying for international c-store award

Forecourt stores from England, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic are all vying in a competition to be crowned International Convenience Retailer of the Year 2013.

Warning over dangerous forecourt signs

A “significant number” of forecourt price signs in the UK are vulnerable to windy weather because of flawed foundations, and could cause fatal accidents, installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata has warned.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root wins MFG maintenance contract

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has awarded Gilbarco Veeder-Root a three-year maintenance contract for its network of 58 sites, after an open-tender process.

Supermarket price cuts provoke cynicism

A new round of announcements on Twitter by the four main supermarket groups, saying they were cutting their petrol and diesel prices by up to 2 pence per litre (ppl), have received a cynical response from some consumers.

Formula 1 star to work at Shell service station

Customers at Shell’s Towcester service station in Northamptonshire will be receiving a special ‘pit stop’ service on the eve of the British Grand Prix at the nearby Silverstone race track.

Topaz staff win awards

Staff at Topaz, the Irish service station and convenience retailer, have scooped two of Ireland’s top sales awards.

Londis launches best practice initiative

Londis has launched The Londis Family, a retailer initiative designed to help Londis retailers share best practice and ideas to help grow their businesses.

MFG signs 46-site fuel supply deal with BP

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced the signing of a new multi-site fuel supply agreement with BP.

PRA hits back at AA profiteering claim

The PRA has angrily hit back at claims by the AA that dealers are profiteering on the price they charge for diesel.

Jet turns yellow and blue into green

Jet is rolling out a new green initiative to complement the re-imaging of its sites, which enables it to recycle the old yellow and blue plastic bins, but only after some teething problems.

Police publicise crime campaign on petrol pumps

Police in Staffordshire are using messages on supermarket petrol pumps to publicise a campaign targeting uninsured drivers.

Trio charged with filling station robbery

Two men and a woman have appeared in court charged with robbing a Gulf petrol station in Clifton, Bedfordshire, last month.

Morrisons renews Eurotank contract

Morrisons has renewed its tank maintenance contract with Eurotank Environmental for a further three years.

Government approval for Trust My Garage

The Independent Garage Association’s (IGA) Trust My Garage (TMG) scheme is set to become a government-approved code specifically for the independent garage sector.

New food labelling deal announced

New food labelling to help consumers make healthier choices has been launched today by public health minister Anna Soubry.

Symonds strives for international award

Symonds Retail, winner of Forecourt Trader of the Year 2012 and Best Forecourt Loo 2013, is now seeking international recognition after clinching the Independent Retail Chain of the Year in last week’s Grocer Gold Awards 2013.

J&E targets convenience sector with new condensing units

Two new 'energy-efficient' digital scroll commercial condensing units targeting the convenience sector have been launched by J & E Hall.

ACS & PRA co-host July 4 forecourt seminar

Essential insights into the most effective ways for fuel retailers to succeed in a competitive market will be the prevailing theme at this year’s Forecourt Seminar, which takes place on July 4 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Retail apprenticeship scheme set for summer rollout

A new scheme to help retailers and market traders to recruit talented apprentices is set to be launched across the UK this summer.

New trophy for Symonds

Symonds Retail, winner of Forecourt Trader of the Year 2012 and Best Forecourt Loo 2013, has now added Independent Retail Chain of the Year to its trophy cabinet following this week’s Grocer Gold Awards 2013.

Fuel pump crash closes petrol station

A Co-operative Food petrol station near Bournemouth has had to be evacuated after a car drove into one of the fuel pumps.

NFDA welcomes Consumer Rights Bill

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, has welcomed the draft Consumer Rights Bill.

Motorcycle sales up marginally

Motorcycle sales increased slightly last month, but there is still a long road to recovery for the motorcycle market, according to Sue Robinson, director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

Cigarette raids linked by police

Two raids in which cigarettes were stolen from petrol stations in Derbyshire are being linked by police.

Regulation beckons for e-cigs

All nicotine-containing products (NCPs), such as electronic cigarettes, are to be regulated as medicines in a move to make these products safer and more effective to reduce the harms of smoking.

Dependence on cars at all time high says RAC

Motorists are more dependent on their cars than ever before, according to a new report from the RAC looking at changes in motoring over the past 25 years.

Misplaced confidence means men less likely to seek help with driving than women

The AA Charitable Trust is urging male drivers not to ignore their driving fears after figures reveal how unlikely they are to seek help with their driving.

Tough climate puts c-store owners on minimum wage

Tough competition and rising costs mean convenience store owners are taking home less than the minimum wage in order to keep their businesses going, according to the latest figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores.

ACS urges clarity on proposed changes to shop theft law

Ministers are being urged by the Association of Convenience Stores to explain to MPs how proposals contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Policing and Crime Bill will not lead to fewer prosecutions of shop theft offences.

Euro Garages opts for IIS fuel pricing system

Inform Information Systems’ product, FuelsPricing.com, will be used by EuroGarages to support fuel pricing across its growing network of 100-plus retail locations.

Trade bodies slam failure to curb tobacco smuggling

Despite the extra £25 million of funding set aside in 2011 to help tackle the smuggling of legitimate tobacco brands in the country, PRA chairman Brian Madderson said HMRC has yet to get a grip on the situation.

High street c-stores hit by parking restrictions

Figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores have shown that London retailers are the hardest hit by parking regulations in the UK, and that their businesses are suffering as a result.

Forecourt sealed off in Met Police investigation

A Texaco petrol station in Dorset has been sealed off by police as part of an operation by the Metropolitan Police Kidnap and Specialist Investigations Unit.

US phasing out Stage II vapour recovery

Legislation requiring petrol stations to have stage II Vapour Recovery Systems is rapidly being repealed in the US, but although the UK follows the US in many other respects, experts say it is highly unlikely the expensive requirements will be lifted here.

New anti drink-drive campaign launched

Two thirds of UK drivers would be devastated if they lost their car according to figures published today as road mafety minister Stephen Hammond launched a new THINK! drink-drive campaign to raise awareness of the consequences of a conviction.

Survey hails Topaz leading forecourt brand in Ireland

Topaz, Ireland's biggest fuels and convenience retailer has been recognised as the country’s leading forecourt brand in a survey carried out on behalf of Retail Excellence Ireland.

Shoppers drive coupon surge

The growing consumer appetite for redeeming money-off coupons has increased dramatically with 90% of UK consumers stating that they use coupons, according to coupon and voucher services provider Valassis Ltd.

PRA offers its services to price-fixing investigation

The PRA has offered to submit evidence to the European Commission on alleged anti-competitive pricing tactics in the UK fuel market.

Shell targets dealers with evolving package

Shell's package for dealers is better than it has been for a long time, and will evolve into a stronger proposition by the end of the year, says Shell's general retail manager, David Moss.

Concern over motorway fuel signs

The Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) has questioned Downing Street's plans to force motorway service areas to display the cost of fuel on road signs.

Supermarkets force closure

A petrol station in York was forced to close by competition from supermarkets, documents related to an application to build housing have revealed.

Warning on future of UK refineries

A serious threat to the survival of UK oil refining has been highlighted in a new report sponsored by UKPIA.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 October 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.5363.90127.17119.00
East Midlands120.03127.76118.80
London120.3757.90128.81118.85
North East119.80129.71118.46
North West120.19127.87118.63
Northern Ireland119.22125.23117.53
Scotland120.2463.80126.78118.50
South East120.7259.90129.39119.48
South West120.39128.00119.02
Wales120.0459.90126.47118.61
West Midlands120.0865.90128.12118.84
Yorkshire & Humber119.73127.02118.57

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