RMI Petrol is urging retailers to continue piling pressure on their MPs as the April 1 business rates deadline looms.


A total of 45 MPs have now signed the Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Conservative MP Philip Dunne, which calls for the government to postpone the business rates revaluation for petrol stations. RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson said retailers needed to keep contacting their MPs to garner support for the campaign.


Meanwhile, Dunne has commented on evidence from government-held data received in answer to a Parliamentary Question. It revealed 130 sites across England would be hit by rateable value increases of over 350% from next month.


Dunne said: "Unless ministers instruct the VOA to reconsider its valuation method, based as it is on an ill-considered calculation of the rental value of these premises, we will see yet another vital service disappearing from our rural areas."