All PRA articles – Page 8

  • PRA warns rating battle may extend to electric chargers
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    PRA warns rating battle may extend to electric chargers

    2019-07-05T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has warned that the government’s attempts to impose rates on cash machines could be extended to electric vehicle charging points. Last year retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and the Co-op and the ATM provider Cardtronics won a Court of Appeal case against the Valuation Office Agency overturning the ...

  • Analysis

    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    FairFuel UK together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fuel has been lobbying the Treasury to support their proposals for PumpWatch a voluntary code to be adopted by industry, which is designed to bring greater transparency and fairness to pump pricing. No details have been seen at this stage ...

  • PRA issues warning over ATM business rates battle
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    PRA issues warning over ATM business rates battle

    2019-06-03T00:00:00Z

    Consumers access to cash is being threatened by a continuing court battle over whether extra business rates should be imposed on ATMs, the PRA has warned. PRA chairman Brian Madderson said: “The PRA is disappointed to see that the Supreme Court has agreed to allow the government’s Valuation Office ...

  • Shortage of facilities blamed for risky charging practices
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    Shortage of facilities blamed for risky charging practices

    2019-05-31T00:00:00Z

    A majority of EV users who responded to a survey have admitted they have charged dangerously, and blamed it on an absence of local public charging points. Consumer protection charity Electrical Safety First surveyed 1,500 electric vehicle owners, including both all electric and hybrids, revealing that 74% believe that ...

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    PRA pleased with CMA

    2019-05-17T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has welcomed the decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to block the merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury’s and Asda, after finding it would lead to increased prices at many petrol stations across the UK. PRA chairman Brian Madderson had warned last month that the proposed measures ...

  • Analysis

    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-05-06T00:00:00Z

    When talking to forecourt operators on the ’Roadside Fuel Recovery Standard’ (RFRS) stand at The Forecourt Show a couple of weeks ago, there was one fact they all found most surprising. It was that despite the customer who had mis-fuelled paying for the remediation service, they were legally responsible to ...

  • PRA welcomes CMA decision to block supermarket merger
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    PRA welcomes CMA decision to block supermarket merger

    2019-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Good news today for the independent forecourt sector as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed its blocking of the merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury’s and Asda, after finding it would lead to increased prices at many petrol stations across the UK. PRA chairman Brian Madderson had warned last ...

  • Bid by supermarkets to keep merger afloat will lead to many forecourt closures, says PRA
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    Bid by supermarkets to keep merger afloat will lead to many forecourt closures, says PRA

    2019-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Sainsbury’s and Asda’s response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) threatens the livelihoods of many independent petrol retailers across the UK, according to the PRA. Last week Sainsbury’s said it would cap its fuel gross profit margin to no more than 3.5 pence per litre for five years, ...

  • PRA arranges Business Breakout in Belfast
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    PRA arranges Business Breakout in Belfast

    2019-03-13T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Belfast on Thursday March 28. The event will be at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, with registration from 10am. Presentations will include: PRA – market update; PRA – AFID fuel labelling; Edge Petrol – fuel ...

  • Analysis

    Brian Madderson: chairman, PRA

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    There is no doubt that as we head towards Brexit Day on March 29, our politicians and political commentators are ensuring that the outcome continues to be very uncertain. No one can forecast with any real confidence where the country will be in three month’s time. This is much the ...

  • PRA arranges Business Breakout in Chatham
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    PRA arranges Business Breakout in Chatham

    2019-02-15T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Kent at Chatham Historic Dockyard Anchor Wharf, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, on Thursday March 7. The event will be in the Commissioners House with registration from 10am for a 10.30 start. Presentations will include: PRA – market update; ...

  • Analysis

    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    My name is Ray Blake and I am a ’Petrol Head’. My addiction to cars drives my wife mad and I thank her for putting up with my obsession for over four decades. From the moment I was given my first Corgi model car when I was five, a Studerbaker ...

  • PRA arranges Business Breakout in Exeter
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    PRA arranges Business Breakout in Exeter

    2019-01-30T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Exeter at Sandy Park Conference Centre, at junction 30 of the M5, on Wednesday February 27. The PRA are guests of CTC, which is hosting a trade show, and will be in the Baxter Suite from 10.15am until 1.00pm. Presentations will include: ...

  • News

    PRA says we don’t need indie price watchdog

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has slammed a proposal by a group of MPs for an independent fuel price watchdog to be called Pumpwatch to monitor the cost of petrol and diesel. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fair Fuel suggested petrol stations that charge "fair prices" would be entitled to display a ...

  • PRA slams proposal for quango to monitor petrol and diesel prices
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    PRA slams proposal for quango to monitor petrol and diesel prices

    2019-01-03T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has slammed a proposal by a group of MPs for an independent fuel price watchdog – to be called Pumpwatch – to monitor the cost of petrol and diesel. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fair Fuel suggested petrol stations that charge “fair prices” would be entitled ...

  • Analysis

    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Many industry watchers thought that the very high values achieved by dealers (up to 12 x EBITDA) for their assets would soon start to wane. They had been exiting the market to sell to fast-growing groups backed by private equity funds where there was keen competition for rapid expansion. ...

  • Analysis

    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2018-11-12T00:00:00Z

    The unmanned operation of petrol filling stations is growing across the UK, sometimes because it is the only feasible way for vehicle fuel to be accessible in remote areas. But also where companies have evaluated the cost of installing and monitoring technical solutions against the ever-rising cost of employing personnel ...

  • News

    Environment Agency adopts new decision-making tool as a best practice guide

    2018-11-12T00:00:00Z

    A decision-making tool for forecourt companies wanting to develop or refurbish sites has been adopted by the Environment Agency (EA) as a best practice guide. Last year Cambridge-based geo-environmental consultants EPS issued the decision-making tool, which helps to assess different fuel infrastructure requirements at new or refurbished petrol filling ...

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    Prax Group buys Top 50 Indie firm HKS

    2018-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Harvest Energy’s parent company Prax Group has bought the sixth ranked company in the Top 50 Indies, HKS, for an undisclosed sum. In the 2018 Top 50 Indies, Leicester-based HKS had 68 sites and claimed a turnover of £250m. A spokesperson for Prax said: "The acquisition reflects the group’s ...

  • PRA arranges Business Breakout  in the West Midlands
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    PRA arranges Business Breakout in the West Midlands

    2018-11-07T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in the West Midlands at Lea Martson Hotel Haunch Lane, Lea Marston, Sutton Coldfield, on Wednesday November 21. Presentations will include: PRA – latest market update; Edge Petrol – visualising your forecourt; Christie Co ...