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PRA 15/03/2022



Ahead of the Budget the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging the Government to cut fuel duty to reduce the burden of soaring energy costs and fuel prices on consumers. 


In the letter to the Chancellor, the PRA expressed its concern that consumers are being hit the hardest by rising energy costs. PRA members, who largely comprise smaller, independent forecourts are forced to respond to market conditions and raise prices in order to continue serving their local communities, leaving the motorists to foot the bill.


The PRA has therefore urged the Chancellor to follow the example set by other European countries by cutting fuel duty to reduce the burden on motorists.


Additionally, the letter outlines how the crisis comes at a time when forecourt operators are working hard to adapt to the Government's vague Net Zero strategy and experiencing enormous cost-of-living increases.


Gordon Balmer, Director of the PRA, commented: "Fuel prices are rising to the detriment of the consumer. It falls upon the Government to take steps to alleviate the pressure on households who are already struggling to pay the bills.”


"We look forward to engaging further with the Government on these issues.”


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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.