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PRA welcomes the prospect of Budget fuel duty cuts

3rd September 2019 | 0 Comments

Senior sources have confirmed that the Government would announce the 2ppl fuel duty cut later this year - the first reduction of the motoring tax in eight years. “The PRA has welcomed hints carried by national media that the Treasury may be considering fuel duty cuts in the upcoming Autumn Budget”, said Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

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PRA ‘disappointed’ by Supreme Court decision on ATMs and rates

4th June 2019 | 0 Comments

“The PRA is disappointed to see that the Supreme Court has agreed to allow the government’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA), the right of appeal against last year’s defeat in the long-running dispute with major supermarkets over business rates and ATMs.”, said Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA). In November 2018 the Court of Appeal ruled that ATMs located both inside and outside of stores should not be assessed for additional business rates on top of the normal store rates costs, retailers are already facing. The VOA appealed on the grounds that ATMs facing outward shouldn’t be exempt, and should count towards overall business rates, making the bills higher.

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PRA urges Treasury to clarify new small business rates relief scheme

30th October 2018 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) is seeking urgent confirmation from the Treasury that petrol filling stations (PFS) will be eligible for small business rates relief announced in the Budget. This request comes after some confusion in the 2013 Budget, when the Treasury did not specifically include PFS as one of the eligible business categories. The PRA had to intervene to obtain formal confirmation that, subject to State Aid de minimis limits and the rates threshold, the discount scheme was applicable.

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PRA, CWA urge crackdown on tax evasion in the hidden economy

23rd October 2018 | 0 Comments

In their joint budget submission, the PRA and CWA have highlighted concerns that the hand car wash sector should be paying up to £1.45 billion per year in tax, and this is not being collected by HMRC.

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PRA calls for investment in charging infrastructure

1st February 2018 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) is calling for government to offer grants to retailers for investment into charging infrastructure, following news that the Automated and Electric Vehicles (A&EV) Bill has passed its third reading in the House of Commons.

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Strong sterling protecting motorists – for now

30th January 2018 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has warned independent forecourt operators, that a fall in the strength of sterling could potentially see petrol back to 130ppl in the spring.

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Chancellor “is planning tax hike for diesel” says PRA

21st November 2017 | 0 Comments

Drivers of diesel engine cars are likely to face a hike in fuel price, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA). Chairman Brian Madderson states that the association “has been informed by a well-placed parliamentary source, that the Chancellor is likely to announce a 1ppl increase to fuel duty for all diesel drivers in this week’s Autumn Budget. This would be a thinly disguised tax grab using air quality issues as justification.”

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PRA urges chancellor to cut fuel duty in Autumn Budget

3rd November 2017 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has written to the chancellor of the exchequer urging him to not just freeze, but cut fuel duty by 5ppl in the Autumn Budget this month.

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PRA warns government over premature mandating of charge points installation

2nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

At the end of October, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) was invited to give oral evidence to the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill Committee.

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‘Outlook for UK pump prices uncertain’ – PRA

2nd October 2017 | 0 Comments

The recent rise in fuel prices in the UK is likely to see more fluctuation, but predictions suggest that diesel may continue to rise ahead of petrol. “Much of the sharp upswing in the UK wholesale cost of petrol, caused by a big surge of global prices in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, was absorbed by retailers such that average pump prices only rose by just over 2.0pp,” commented Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

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Petrol retailers warn of fuel price increases following Hurricane Harvey

1st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Fuel prices in the UK will rise following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texan coast, according to the Petrol Retailers Association. Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA, explained that UK wholesale prices had increased immediately as the storm hit the region.

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UK automotive sector reacts to the Queen’s Speech

22nd June 2017 | 0 Comments

It did not take long for various sectors of the automotive industry and aftermarket to voice their reactions to the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament on Wednesday. One such reaction came from Brian Madderson, Chairman of The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA). He said: “The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charge points”.

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UK government supports extension of the rural fuel duty rebate scheme

7th March 2017 | 0 Comments

On 28 February, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) raised the issue of the Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme at a meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC. Brian Madderson, PRA chairman, met with Humza Yousaf MSP, minister for transport policy and the islands, for discussions when visiting the Scottish Government in Edinburgh.

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‘Filling stations should be included in rates concessions’ – PRA

27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

There are continuing suggestions from government sources that small businesses, especially those embracing ‘hospitality’, will be given concessions on their business rates liability in the March Budget.

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PRA argues fuel duty cut for economic boost

18th November 2016 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers Association has argued that a cut in fuel duty would help the UK economy tackle the twin challenges of a weaker pound and a stronger oil price. “A fuel duty cut will provide a reassuring boost to businesses and consumers alike”, said chairman Brian Madderson, in a letter to the chancellor following a recent meeting with Treasury officials.

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