Roy Roley, Jet’s brand communications manager, died suddenly on February 26, just two days before he was due to retire from the company and pursue other interests both within and beyond the fuel industry. Patrick Hudson, Jet’s dealer business manager, said: "All of us at Jet are shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Roy. He has been a highly valued and integral part of the company and the brand for more than 25 years and was widely known and respected by his colleagues, customers, suppliers and the wider UK petrol retailing industry. He will be sorely missed by all." Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name to the Heart Foundation and Cardiomyopathy should send it to AE Bennett & Sons, 34 Sheep Street, Stratford Upon Avon, Warks CV37 6EE.
The new alcohol licensing laws mean forecourts need a licence to sell hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am. Kevin Delaney, head of road safety for the RAC Foundation, said: "A hot drink late at night can be a life saver. However, licence application fees include a one-off payment of £635 and an annual fee of up to £350. The problem is that fees are based on rateable value and not hot food and drink turnover, so many forecourts fall into the top fee band.