All PRA articles – Page 6

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    PRA urges chancellor to cut excise duty to spark economic recovery

    2020-07-30T11:32:00Z

    The chairman of the PRA Brian Madderson has written to the chancellor urging him to cut excise duty to boost the economy after the Covid-19 lockdown. In his letter Madderson said independent petrol retailers were concerned that the high levels of excise duty and VAT were constraining the prospects of a significant recovery in the economy.

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    Northern Ireland Assembly extends rate relief after intervention by PRA

    2020-07-29T12:13:00Z

    The Northern Ireland Assembly has extended its rates relief scheme to more forecourts after an intervention by the PRA.“We are extremely pleased that following constructive discussions, the Northern Ireland Assembly has confirmed that its Covid-19 business rates relief, originally limited to forecourt shops up to 300m2 of selling space, has now been extended to forecourts with a shop area up to 500 m2,” said PRA chairman Brian Madderson.

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    Prax Group to acquire Total’s Lindsey Oil Refinery

    2020-07-28T14:35:00Z

    The Prax Group has signed an agreement with Total to purchase Lindsey Oil Refinery and its associated logistic assets, with the deal subject to the conditions of sale being met.

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    PRA welcomes Chancellor's measures to stimulate the economy

    2020-07-08T14:09:00Z

    The PRA has welcomed a package of measures to stimulate the economy announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Summer Economic Update.

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    PRA questions ‘dash to EVs’ as government loses out on £2.5bn fuel duty during lockdown

    2020-06-22T11:33:00Z

    The PRA has questioned the government’s “headlong dash for EVs”, and “no confirmed replacement for hydrocarbon excise duty”, as the latest HMRC figures reveal a 52% drop in fuel duty revenue for the past two months.

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    ACS welcomes minister’s letter praising retailers

    2020-06-17T07:13:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a letter from the minister for small business, consumers and labour markets, Paul Scully, which highlights the vital and positive role that the retail sector has played during the coronavirus crisis.

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    PRA challenges NI government over unfair rates relief

    2020-06-04T16:45:00Z

    The proposal to exclude petrol station operators in Northern Ireland with more than 300sq m of selling space from the business rate relief is ill-thought-out, according to PRA chairman Brian Madderson.

  • PRA urges government action as forecourt crime up nearly 40%
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    PRA urges government action as forecourt crime up nearly 40%

    2020-05-27T00:00:00Z

    The PRA is pushing the government to help stem the soaring crime rates on forecourts during the pandemic as thieves use face masks to prevent identification. Amid reports of a 37% increase in the number of drive-offs and no means to pay for fuel - with many perpetrators wearing ...

  • PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing
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    PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has called on the government for an urgent clamp-down on the re-opening of “endemically non-compliant” hand car washes (HCW) following the lockdown. Earlier this month chairman Brian Madderson wrote to Secretary of State Alok Sharma about the “reliability of this sector to adhere to the clear guidance ...

  • Analysis

    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    The Petrol Retailers Association and Car Wash Association teams are now ensconced in their own homes but continuing to represent and advise their members. Members can now access the ’Coronavirus’ section on our website, which is continuously updated to reflect the latest advice on the operation of all aspects of ...

  • Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure
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    Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure

    2020-04-27T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has been praised by the Blackburn-based Top 50 independent, the Kay Group Ltd, following the enforced closure of one of its car wash operations by the local Environmental Health Officer. Paul Blackmore, The Kay Group’s non-executive chairman, said the company greatly appreciated Brian Madderson’s intervention when it ...

  • PRA slams ’sickening’ charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers
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    PRA slams ’sickening’ charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers

    2020-04-21T00:00:00Z

    Branding petrol retailers as “damning and criminal” in these immensely challenging times is “sickening” and “desperate knee-jerk journalism”, stressed PRA chairman Brian Madderson in response to a tweet and subsequent press release from Howard Cox of FairFuelUK. The FairFuelUK media communications claimed that fuel wholesalers and oil companies were ...

  • PRA urges Chancellor to ensure all ATMs are free to use during lockdown
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    PRA urges Chancellor to ensure all ATMs are free to use during lockdown

    2020-04-14T00:00:00Z

    The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to ensure all ATMs operate as ’free to use’ during the COVID-19 lockdown, in a collaborative letter involving the Petrol Retailers’ Association. “Never has the widespread availability of cash been so important, particularly that which is free to access,” said Brian Madderson, ...

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    PRA warns there could be forecourt closures

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Petrol filling stations could be forced to close because the financial pressures caused by coronavirus will render them unviable, the PRA has warned. It came as figures released by the Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed a massive fall in fuel sales. A survey covering nearly ...

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    PRA accuses supermarkets of anti-competitive pricing

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has accused supermarkets of anti-competitive pricing after Morrisons and Asda slashed their fuel prices, with 12ppl off petrol and 8ppl off diesel. Asda said the cuts would mean drivers would pay no more than 102ppl for petrol and no more than 108ppl for diesel, and that it was ...

  • PRA warns filling stations may be forced to close as sales dry up
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    PRA warns filling stations may be forced to close as sales dry up

    2020-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Petrol filling stations could be forced to close because the financial pressures caused by coronavirus will render them unviable, the PRA has warned. The warning came as figures released by the Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed a massive fall in retail fuel sales. ...

  • Defra secretary praises workers in the convenience store sector
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    Defra secretary praises workers in the convenience store sector

    2020-03-27T00:00:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a letter from DEFRA secretary George Eustice, recognising the enormous contribution of the people running and working in convenience stores. In the letter, he said: “Everyone working in the food and drink industry has rallied in an extraordinary way to respond to ...

  • PRA chief confident fuel retailers can keep up supplies despite pandemic
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    PRA chief confident fuel retailers can keep up supplies despite pandemic

    2020-03-20T00:00:00Z

    PRA boss Brian Madderson has said he is confident there will be no fuel shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, despite panic buying of other commodities. He said the PRA had been in contact with its equivalent in Italy, where the spread of the virus is some ...

  • PRA welcomes additional support to help cope with coronavirus
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    PRA welcomes additional support to help cope with coronavirus

    2020-03-18T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has welcomed additional support for businesses announced by the Government to help them through the coronavirus crisis. PRA chairman Brian Madderson said: “With Government advice to avoid public transport, our road network and refuelling capacity becomes ever more vital, so we are pleased that the chancellor has introduced ...

  • PRA clarifies concerns over E10
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    PRA clarifies concerns over E10

    2020-03-13T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has moved to allay fuel retailer concerns about misleading information following the government’s consultation on the proposals for the introduction of E10 fuel grade. Phil Monger, technical director of the PRA, said the Association had been working with the Department for Transport in a dedicated working party ...