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BP hands dealers huge bills after error over card charges

John Wood ·
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BP dealers have been handed bills of £5,000 to £10,000 per site by the oil company, after it uncovered an accounting error, and told them it will be recovered by direct debits over three consecutive months.

Earlier this week dealers received emails from BP in which the company said it discovered it had not been charging them sufficient fees related to the Allstar fuel card for the past three years.

It went on to list the total undercharged, which in most cases has been a substantial four-figure sum per site, and said it would recover the sum through direct debits over three consecutive months.

Some dealers who spoke to Forecourt Trader said taking such substantial sums so quickly would adversely affect the cashflow of their businesses.

Another multi-site dealer said they were simply emailed a bill with no breakdown of how the total had been arrived at. He said he had no prior knowledge of the under-charging, and would be taking legal advice from his solicitor, but he expected that BP must have already checked and would have a legal right to reclaim the money.

In a statement, Howard Nunn, BP's UK sales manager, said: “I can confirm that BP have under-recovered costs related to the Allstar fuel card since May 2015. We do not wish to adversely affect our dealer partners business and we are working together with them to agree a process for cost recovery.”

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 13 August 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.96139.34130.03
East Midlands132.2178.40140.26129.44
London132.7566.90141.06129.97
North East131.67142.51128.83
North West132.2355.20139.96128.87
Northern Ireland130.9869.90134.15128.85
Scotland132.49139.09129.38
South East133.0865.40140.87130.38
South West132.56139.07129.94
Wales132.13136.80129.14
West Midlands131.77140.75129.12
Yorkshire & Humber131.4360.80142.86128.78

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