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Drunk driver praises "public spirited" forecourt staff

Petrol station staff have been praised by a drunk driver for seizing his keys and calling the police after he staggered across the forecourt at North Street, Wetherby, clutching an empty bottle of wine.

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PRA to meet Treasury minister over vapour recovery

Nearly two and a half years after major problems regarding vapour recovery were first raised with the Government and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a Treasury minister has finally agreed to meet representatives of the PRA.

Exhibition celebrates old forecourts

A photographic exhibition celebrating old independent petrol stations in the West Country is currently under way in Devon.

Investment in c-store sector highest for two years

More local shop owners are planning to invest in their businesses than at any time over the past two years, according to the latest quarterly Voice of Local Shops survey by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS)

Man dies after accident on forecourt

Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses after a man died following an accident on a forecourt.

Caution urged over plain packaging for tobacco

The PRA has called on the Government to consider carefully the potential impact on retailers of standardised packaging for tobacco.

£10,000 stolen in ram raid

More than £10,000 has been stolen from a Hampshire petrol station after three men ram-raided their way into the building.

PRA to hold forum in Derby

The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Derby on Wednesday 4 December.

Europe sets targets to boost alternative fuels

EU member states would have to ensure that specified numbers of electric vehicle recharging points and hydrogen and natural gas stations are built by 2020, under a draft directive endorsed by the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee on November 26.

Sainsbury's running 10ppl-off promotion

Sainsbury’s has announced a new deep discount promotion on fuel.

Haulage licences revoked over laundered fuel

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has praised the Department of Environment (DoE) Northern Ireland for revoking three freight operator’s road haulage licences for using laundered fuel.

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Retailers urged to seek MP support for EDM calling for further cut in fuel duty

Fuel retailers are being urged to write to their MPs to support the Early Day Motion put forward by Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harrow.

Call for tougher punishment for proxy purchase of alcohol

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new report calling for tougher punishments for parents, friends and older siblings who buy alcohol for young people.

IGA event focuses on hybrid cars and apprenticeships

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) will be delivering a technical demonstration on the health and safety of hybrid vehicles at an open evening event at one of its members, PK Automotive Solutions, taking place on 27 November in Lincoln.

NFDA meets European Commission officials

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has met Maria Rehbinder, head of internal markets at the European Commission, to explore proposals for action on unfair trading practices.

AA supports duty deferment for hard-pressed retailers

The AA has given qualified support to the campaign to secure fuel duty deferment for petrol stations.

Jet tempts motorists with chance to win £5,000 of free fuel in anniversary prize draw

Jet has unveiled the first of a raft of initiatives to celebrate the brand's 60th anniversary in 2014. From Monday, November 25 until Friday December 20, hundreds of Jet forecourts nationwide will participate in

BP re-launches Supercharge Fuel Card

BP has re-launched the BP Supercharge Fuel Card with no transaction fee for customers and, it says, no hidden charges. It adds there will be no change to retailers’ transaction fees.

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PRA warns of threat to duty deferment

PRA chairman Brian Madderson has written to the Chancellor George Osborne warning him that attempts are being made to block the duty deferment scheme which PRA says could do so much to help

Growing role of smart phones for c-store shoppers

Mobile phone technology is expected to become an increasingly essential tool for convenience shoppers, according to the latest research from grocery research specialist IGD.

JTI launches pilot to support retailers on underage sales

Tobacco manufacturer JTI is launching a new initiative to support retailers in complying with the law on underage sales.

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Rising costs threaten convenience retail business, says ACS

Damaging retail cost increases were the focus of yesterday’s annual Heart of the Community Conference organised by the Association of Convenience Stores, attended by more than 150 forecourt and convenience retailers.

PRA criticises Irish plain packaging decision

The PRA has criticised a decision by the Irish Republic’s government to move ahead with plain packaging for tobacco products.

Cigarette smugglers jailed

Seven men have been sentenced after more than 250,000 smuggled cigarettes were discovered in the fuel tanks of two HGV tractor units driven in from Poland.

Fire destroys roof at Dorking petrol station

Five fire engines and around 30 firefighters tackled a blaze at the Esso petrol station on the A24 London Road at Dorking in Surrey.

ACS advice for Chancellor ahead of Autumn Statement

The Association of Convenience Stores has set out a series of recommendations to Chancellor George Osborne ahead of the Autumn Statement on December 4 to support convenience store retailers.

Coffee sales surge for Topaz

Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has revealed that sales of its Fairtrade coffee have risen to five million cups a year.

ACS urges review of use of police cautions

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to press ahead with a review of the use of cautions for offences such as shop theft.

RMI calls for tax cuts in Chancellor's autumn statement

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has called on the Chancellor to take action to stimulate growth in the economy and to lift burdens on consumers in his autumn statement on December 4.

Five-year sentence for tobacco fraudster

A man who tried to set up an illegal tobacco factory capable of manufacturing tonnes of illicit shisha tobacco, has been sentenced to five years in jail. Mbarak Gowie, from Wembley, was convicted in his absence, for evading nearly £500,000 in duty and tax. Gowie failed to turn up last week during the trial and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Asda planning 100 standalone forecourts

Asda is aiming to have 100 standalone filling stations by 2018.

Traffic volumes up

UK traffic volumes increased by 2.3% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to estimates released by the Department of Transport.

Phillips 66 targets growth in Scotland

Phillips 66 is to strengthen its Scottish presence by increasing its network of independently owned Jet- branded forecourts in the north of the country.

Forecourt owner invests in recycling carwash

The owner of Saints of Tarporley has installed what she believes is the first hand carwash in the north west that fully recycles the water it uses.

Forecourt sales assistant wins Community Hero award

Forecourt sales assistant Tracy Hackett was presented with the Community Hero award as well as the prize for winner of the forecourt category at the Sales Assistant of the Year Awards 2013, organised by Forecourt Trader’s sister title, Convenience Store magazine.

Government support for fuel efficient engines

The government has launched two initiatives to encourage the development of more fuel efficient and low emission engines.

Cigarette smuggling fugitive jailed

A convicted cigarette smuggler who featured on a list of most wanted tax fugitives this summer has been found and jailed.

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PRA calls for government support on fuel duty deferment

The PRA has called on the government to support the duty deferment scheme which would facilitate a significant boost to petrol retailers’ cashflow, thereby strengthening forecourt businesses, and ultimately improving the UK’s fuel supply resilience.

£300,000 makeover doubles size of store

A Shropshire forecourt store has been re-launched after a £300,000 makeover that almost doubled its size.

New motorcycle and scooter sales still growing

Motorcycle and scooter sales have continued on their upward trajectory after last month’s increase, with sales up 6.7% in October

From left: Meeta, Kalpesh and Bestway
managing director Younus Sheikh
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Leicester forecourt shop wins award

A Leicester forecourt shop has won a prize at the 12th annual Retail Development Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

Massive diesel theft from Suffolk filling station

Suffolk Police have issued an alert to forecourt owners after thousands of litres of diesel were stolen from a filling station at Kentford, in Suffolk.

Number of independent petrol retailers growing across Europe

There has been an upsurge in the number of independent petrol retailers across Europe as the major oil companies have been selling off many forecourt sites, according to the latest research from global real estate advisor CBRE.

Robbery at Gerrards Cross forecourt site

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at the BP Garage, on the A40 in Gerrards Cross on Monday night.

Asda petrol station plan refused in Newport

A planning application for a petrol station at an Asda supermarket in Newport has been rejected, but at the same meeting Morrisons was granted permission for a filling station at its supermarket despite an 860-strong petition against it.

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Dramatic decline in independents in some rural areas

There has been a dramatic decline in the number of independent forecourts across the south west and north of England, the PRA has warned.

Merril Boulton: Duty deferment - a game changer

The Regeneration Forum hosted by the PRA last month, was extremely illuminating and not just in terms of the information aired, particularly the presentation about duty deferment (of which more later).

Fuel duty deferment a real 'game changer'

Fuel retailers could save signficant sums of money by buying fuel under duty deferment terms available from HMRC, claimed Alan Powell of tax specialist Alan Powell Associates, at last month's Regeneration Forum at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster.

Good stock control ensured no Grangemouth outages

Forecourts in Scotland and Northern England, whose fuel supplies come from the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, managed to maintain availability despite the site shutting down for over a week during the recent industrial dispute.

Trial for fuel price signs on motorway

The Government is going ahead with a trial of motorway signs showing the price of fuel at service areas in a bid to generate competition and reduce prices.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 May 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands135.28141.26129.82
North East134.06140.71129.20
North West134.87139.96129.27
Northern Ireland131.95135.90127.71
South East135.9463.57142.34130.70
South West135.01139.53129.65
West Midlands134.83141.89129.64
Yorkshire & Humber134.1257.70141.27129.10

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