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PRA questions Government's "access to cash" plan

PRA 22/04/2021

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) is calling on the Government to revise its plans on access to cash. Petrol retailers have a vested interest in cash and guaranteeing that it is widely accessible, we welcome provisions in the Financial Services Bill that would reduce restrictions on offering ‘cashback’. However, the legislation appears ill-thought out. It is unclear how businesses would financially benefit from offering a transactionless cashback service. There are also concerns regarding the risk of holding a large amount of cash on site.

Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman, commented: “Given that it is a voluntary service, the take-up from retailers may be limited as the Government have yet to make it clear how they would be remunerated. These plans should also not be used as a pretext for justifying slashing the number of ATMs. Between January 2019 and September 2020, the total number of ATMs in the UK fell from 62,967 to 55,674*. If not revised, this measure will only fuel that decline.

“The Government have not addressed the major security risk of our members holding larger floats. This problem is particularly acute at rural sites where a greater stockpile of cash, combined with lengthy police response times, would significantly increase the chances of armed robbery”.

The PRA represent 5,500 independent fuel retailers who now account for 70% of all UK forecourts.

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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.