Petrol Retailers’ question Government motives with motorway price signage

Published 15/05/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has questioned Downing Street’s plans to force Motorway Service Areas to display the cost of fuel on road signs.

Brian Madderson, Chairman of the PRA, commented “Following the OFT report in fuel prices issued in January Motor Service Area operators, including PRA members, have had opportunity to discuss the practical implications of price signage with the Highways Agency - the specialist Government Agency responsible for motorways and major trunk roads.

“Particular concern was raised about the safety issues surrounding drivers travelling at high speed being distracted by electronic signage whether on overhead or roadside gantries.

“In addition, if the operators had to pay for the necessary infrastructure investment, fuel prices might actually have to be increased. Therefore, doubt was expressed as to whether signage would in fact cause prices to reduce.

“The Prime Minister should be very concerned about the impact high fuel prices are having on household budgets and businesses. However the correct approach would have been to review the whole UK market for road fuels as the PRA had recommended with their formal complaint to the OFT nearly 18 month ago. Instead, the Government has allowed the OFT to duck the issue so the lack of price transparency and the volatility of wholesale costs continue unchecked.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer
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The Petrol Retailers’ Association is an association within the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) which represents the interests of operators in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. 

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