PRA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON STANDARDISED PACKAGING OF TOBACCO

Published 23/01/2015 00:00:00 in Press Releases

“Following the government’s announcement that standardised packaging will be introduced before the General Election in May, the PRA remains concerned about the negative impact this will have on the independent forecourt sector”, commented Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

Data from Experian Catalist provides evidence that the industry is already struggling under heavy regulations. 15% (886) of dealer sites in the UK closed between 2008 and 2013 – with an estimated 5759 jobs being lost as a result of these closures*.

The standardised packaging of tobacco products has had a serious impact on retailers in Australia with 70% of retailers negatively affected by standardised packaging, and 67% saying that the growth of the black market has had an impact on their business since standardised packaging was introduced. There is a real potential this could have an effect in the UK.

Madderson continued, “To announce this policy at an Adjournment Debate before responding to either the public consultation or the concerns raised by 11 EU Member States will have come as disappointing news to independent retailers. Especially as in December, the Government committed it would not make a decision on this policy until after the standstill period, which ends on 2 March 2015.”

 

ENDS

Notes for editors:

*The PRA job loss estimate is based on the loss of 6.5 jobs per site including owner/operator, cashiers, cleaners, book-keeping and administration positions. 

Rupal Rawal, Communications Officer
Tel: 020 7307 3412
Mob: 07528 977 157
Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422
Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk  Email: rupal.rawal@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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