Businesses have until 6 February to take part in the Government’s consultation on licensing reform.

Areas that forecourt businesses may wish to comment on include the prohibition of selling alcohol at motorway services, the need for a licence to sell late night refreshments, even where alcohol is not sold, and the prohibition of the sale of alcohol at premises primarily used as a garage.

Robert Botkai, a partner at solicitors Winkworth Sherwood, said: “Petrol forecourt stores should be treated in the same way as any other premises and should not be required to demonstrate that their primary use is not that of a garage.

“I think there is a real possibility of change here but the industry needs to make a noise. Responses must be in by 6 February so there is not much time.”

Responses can be made online. To go to the consultation website click here.