Forecourt Trader
Fuel prices - March 28, 2012


Declining safety standards at heart of dispute, claims tanker driver blog

A tanker driver's blog has put declining safety standards and working conditions firmly at the heart of the dispute between Unite and tanker driver employers. 

No Easter strikes, confirms tanker driver union Unite

Unite has ruled out Easter strike action by tanker drivers in a bid to focus on talks. The announcement came as the union confirmed it was ready to start substantive talks through Acas as soon as possible.

Fuel volume up 376% on some grades

Motorists have pushed up fuel demand rapidly over just four days to yesterday’s unsustainable levels, according to RMI Petrol.

Jos Richardson & Son open fifth forecourt

Goole-based family business Jos Richardson & Son has re-opened Longs Corner Service Station in Howden, Yorkshire, bringing its network of sites up to five.

Local shops call on MPs and peers to oppose Sunday Trading Bill

Local shops are calling on MPs and Peers to oppose legislation introduced to remove Sunday Trading restrictions across England and Wales this summer.

Chaos continues as motorists flock to forecourts

Chaos on Britain’s forecourts has continued today as motorists followed confusing advice issued by government ministers to keep their tanks topped up, with one even suggesting using jerry cans.

RMI Petrol slams government for “lack of engagement” over risk to energy resilience

RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson has spoken out in condemnation of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) for its “complete lack of engagement with industry” in the lead-up to the Unite ballot results on Monday, which recommended strike action by fuel tanker drivers.

RMI Petrol issues safety alert for fuel deliveries

RMI Petrol has issued a guidance note warning that retailers need to undertake a formal risk assessment before permitting access to any new third-party tanker drivers.

Fuel shortages as motorists panic buy at the pumps

Retailers are already reporting fuel shortages as motorists start panic-buying in response to tanker drivers voting in favour of a strike yesterday.

UKPIA highlights safety standards of tanker drivers

UKPIA has stressed that its members give high priority to safety issues within the industry, following criticism by the Unite union following a ballot in which tanker drivers voted for strike action.

Retailers in shock as tanker drivers say 'yes' to strike action

Tanker drivers delivering fuel to forecourts across the UK have voted in favour of strike action, sparking feelings of shock  and surprise among petrol retailers.

SNP to table fuel duty amendment

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is to table an amendment to the Budget which it says would freeze future increases in fuel duty.

ACS and RMI Petrol join forces to help forecourt stores

RMI Petrol has joined the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) as affinity group members. The deal, which gives RMI Petrol the same standing in ACS policy-making as symbol group members, takes effect from April 1 and is aimed at giving independent forecourt retailers comprehensive representation for their businesses.

Local shops and wholesalers support responsibility deal pledge

Local shops and wholesalers have committed to support the government’s latest responsibility deal pledge to remove one billion units of alcohol from the market place.

Come to the NEC to see and hear the latest on the forecourt industry

The RMI Petrol's submission to the Office of Fair Trading will be one of many key topics covered on the Forecourt Live area at next week's Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show at the NEC, Birmingham (March 25-27).

Price of petrol breaks 140ppl barrier

The average price of petrol at the pumps has now reached 140.20ppl, with diesel hitting a new record of 146.72ppl.

Chancellor presses ahead with August fuel duty rise

The Chancellor's decision to press ahead with plans to levy the deferred duty increase of of 3.02ppl from August 1 this year has been described as irresponsible by RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson, as he reviewed today's Budget speech.

Budget is devastating for small retail businesses, says ACS

ACS has condemned the Government’s decision to allow large stores to open late on Sundays during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is estimated will cost small stores of £480million.

AA slams Budget "blow-out"

The Chancellor’s decision to increase fuel duty in August was described as a “Budget Blow-Out by the AA, whose research shows such increases will force two thirds of drivers out of their cars for some journeys. For almost one fifth of drivers these increases will hit their food budget as 18% of all drivers will have to cut back on grocery shopping.

FPB welcomes Budget measures on tax and finance

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the measures on tax and finance in today's Budget statement, but insists the smallest firms must benefit from new National Loan Guarantee and Business Finance Partnership schemes


JTI stunned by fourth big tobacco tax increase since 2010

The Government's Budget announcement of an 8% rise in tobacco duty, despite recent data from JTI warning that one in every four cigarettes smoked in the UK is not taxed, has stunned the tobacco manufacturer.

Transglobal triumphs at Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards

Fuel supplier Transglobal Fuels emerged as the Fastest Growing Large Business and Overall Fastest Growing Business at the 2012 Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards, organised and sponsored by top 100 UK law firm Ward Hadaway in association with the Yorkshire Post.

Retailers urged to attend Forecourt Live sessions at the NEC

RMIP chairman Brian Madderson will be at the centre of the action on the Forecourt Live area at next week's Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show at the Birmingham NEC.

ATM stolen from Kent forecourt

Police from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the theft of an ATM from outside a Murco forecourt in Whitstable.

New road blights forecourt

A Nottinghamshire forecourt retailer has warned that a lack of signs on a new road which bypasses his site is causing motorists to run out of fuel.

Raid on Hertforshire forecourt

Thieves broke into a BP forecourt in Buntingford, Hertfordshire and made off with thousands of pounds worth of tobacco, alcohol and cash.

Police forces clampdown on illegal number plates

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police have joined forces for a new operation which aims to tackle misrepresented number plates displayed on vehicles using the counties’ roads.

Impact of relaxed Sunday Trading laws on local shops will dwarf benefits

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has hit back at the government’s plans to extend Sunday trading during the Olympics period over the Summer.

Asda launches fuel price comparison website
Asda has launched a new petrol price comparison site powered by independent price checker, to enable drivers across the UK to find the lowest-priced fuel before they fill up.

Cameron announces study into private sector models for national road network

A study into easing congestion on Britain's roads through private invesment in the national network is to be undertaken by the Department for Transport and Treasury. The announcement was made by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said innovative approaches to the funding of our national roads was needed. 

Euro Garages founders win Asian business award

Forecourt Trader of the Year winners Mohsin and Zuber Issa have been named entrepreneurs of the year at the first English Asian Business Awards.

Murco saves time and money with 3G technology

Murco Petroleum is benefiting from an advanced secure payment back-up service ensuring complete connectivity across all of its forecourts in the UK.

Brookfield Group shines in convenience awards

Top 50 Indie, the Batley-based Brookfield group, shone at last night’s Convenience Retail Awards, organised by Forecourt Trader sister publications The Grocer and Convenience Store.

Duns Service Station wins Jet national award for standards and service

Duns Service Station in Scotland has been named winner of Jet’s annual ‘Aim4success’ awards, which recognise dealers’ commitment to providing high levels of service, safety, training and communication.

Cameron and Obama's talk of releasing oil reserves is more “smoke and mirrors”, says RMI Petrol

RMI Petrol has branded the news that David Cameron and Barack Obama are discussing plans to force down the price of fuel by releasing reserves of oil to boost global supply as more “smoke and mirrors” ahead of the budget next week.

Government considers plans to catch uninsured drivers using forecourt cctv

The government is considering plans to cut off uninsured drivers’ petrol supply by linking information using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) at forecourts.

Scottish fuel distributor Gleaner Oils up for sale

Family-run Scottish fuel distributor Gleaner Oils has been put up for sale by its owners, who want to retire from the business.

Murco names new senior management team

Murco Petroleum has announced four senior management appointments within its retail operations, filling the personnel gaps left by Jeremy Clarke and Jim Mulheran’s move to Motor Fuel Group at the end of December.

Motor Fuel Group switches to commission operators

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is changing its mode of forecourt operation from direct managed to commission operator.

Treasury is ‘spinning’ fuel tax figures, says RMI Petrol

Treasury officials are trying to spin their way out of the current debate over fuel duty by suggesting that they are giving £4bn back to the motorist by deferring previous duty increases, says RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson.

Forecourt Watch to tackle fuel thefts in North Tyneside

Fuel stations across North Tyneside are gearing up for a new initiative to halt fuel thefts supported by Northumbria Police.

Nisa launches seasonal planning guide

Nisa has introduced a seasonal planning guide providing indepth planogram and ranging advice covering the relevant months and the key trading events they may present.

Roadside restaurants marketed for let

Forty-eight roadside restaurants, consisting mainly of former Little Chef sites, are being brought to market by Christie & Co. This follows the announcment by Little Chef earlier this year that it was closing 67 sites around the UK.

Protesters demand action on record fuel prices

Around 300 protestors braved heavy rain to support FairFuelUK’s mass lobby of MPs at Westminster yesterday in the campaign for fuel duty cuts.

UK forecourt network numbers continue to fall

The number of forecourts in the UK continued to decline over the past year, falling to just 8,480 sites, according to the latest Retail Marketing Survey, conducted by the Energy Institute (EI).

Baby born at BP forecourt

A baby girl was born on a BP forecourt in Ashton-under-Lyne after her desperate parents spotted an ambulance filling up with fuel.

Mother stole fuel

A mother of five drove off from a forecourt after filling up because she had no money to pay. The Blackpool Gazette said Kelly Coles, aged 30, admitted making off without paying from Corton Beach service station in Blackpool last September.

Tesco diesel causes car trouble

A driver from Huntingdon has said he was left with a £500 repair bill for his Saab after filling up with the diesel at the Tesco forecourt in the town last month.

24-hour off licence for one forecourt… but police opposition to another

A forecourt in Sunderland has had its off licence extended so it can now sell alcohol around the clock.Despite five formal objections, Sunderland councillors have given the go ahead for Monkwearmouth Service Station to sell booze 24 hours a day.