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PRA COMMENTS ON LATEST RAC FUEL ANALYSIS

PRA 04/12/2023

We have been working closely with both the Competition and Markets Authority and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero as they develop their fuel price transparency scheme. Amidst a cost-of-living crisis, the PRA is doing all it can to ensure that motorists have access to the best information possible.

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Latest safe car wash app report raises concern for CWA

PRA 02/08/2023

Commenting on the newly released data from The Clewer Initiative's Safe Car Wash App, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Car Wash Association (CWA) said: “I am deeply concerned to see the report highlighting the widespread exploitation taking place in hand car wash businesses, especially as a third of all reports submitted through the app raised significant concerns regarding modern slavery and exploitation. The shocking 127% increase in the number of high-scoring reports referred to the Modern Slavery Helpline (MSH) compared to the previous 6 months is alarming.

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PRA RESPONDS TO CMA ROAD FUEL REVIEW UPDATE

PRA 19/05/2023

Commenting on the Competition and Market Authority’s update, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association said: “The CMA have made supermarkets the focus of their update, noting only that non-supermarket retailers are traditionally price followers in the market. 

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PRA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT DECISION TO REDUCE ENERGY BILL SUPPORT

PRA 02/02/2023

Responding to the Government’s decision to introduce an abbreviated Energy Bill Discount Scheme, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said: “Our members have worked hard to keep their communities fuelled and fed during unprecedented times. The Government’s failure to provide targeted help to sectors most in need will threaten fuel resilience in the UK.

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CAR WASH ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO £42BN HMRC GAP

PRA 12/01/2023

Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s 2020-2021 HMRC performance report, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Car Wash Association, said: “It is unacceptable that the Government is asking people to make responsible financial decisions when the Treasury itself is owed an astonishing £42bn in unpaid taxes. 

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PRA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT DECISION TO REDUCE ENERGY BILL SUPPORT

PRA 11/01/2023

Responding to the Government’s decision to introduce an abbreviated Energy Bill Discount Scheme, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said: “Our members have worked hard to keep their communities fuelled and fed during unprecedented times. The Government’s failure to provide targeted help to sectors most in need will threaten fuel resilience in the UK.

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PRA COMMENTS ON CHANCELLOR’S AUTUMN STATEMENT

PRA 21/11/2022

Commenting on the measures announced in today’s Autumn Statement Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said: “We welcome the decision taken today by the Chancellor not to reverse the cut to fuel duty. The 5ppl cut previously introduced in March has been essential for families who have no choice but to use their cars. 

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PRA RESPONDS TO RAC STATEMENT ON FUEL PRICES

PRA 05/10/2022

Commenting on the latest RAC press release concerning pump prices, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said:  “This year we have seen intense price volatility for petrol and diesel and prices are now back on an upward curve ahead of the OPEC+ meeting.”

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PRA COMMENTS ON GOVERNMENT'S NEW GROWTH PLAN

PRA 23/09/2022

Commenting on the Chancellor’s budget, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association said: “Our members are extremely worried about soaring energy costs. While we are encouraged by the Government’s recognition of this issue through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, we are concerned that it will not be enough to mitigate the long-term effects of price increases.”

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PRA RESPONDS TO Rt HON KWASI KWARTENG

PRA 18/05/2022

Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association said: “We have responded to the Secretary of State’s letter concerning fuel pricing. In it, we have reiterated our point that we agree on the need for the Fuel Duty cut to be passed on, and that our members have done so. 

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PRA COMMENTS ON THE EUROPEAN UNIONS BAN ON RUSSIAN EXPORTS

PRA 17/05/2022

“The oil industry’s move to voluntarily embargo Russian diesel ahead of a full phasing out by the end of 2022 is the right decision. However, this in tandem with a pending European Union ban on Russian exports is expected to further tighten global supplies and consumers will start to notice higher pump prices,”  

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PRA EXPRESS CONCERN REGARDING RECENT COMMENTS ON FUEL PRICES

PRA 29/03/2022

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has written to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps regarding his recent comments concerning fuel pricing. In the letter, the PRA explained that the average dealer forecourt would be unable to pass on the fuel duty cut to consumers immediately, as they first have to deplete their existing stock which was purchased before the cut took effect on 6pm on 23 March.

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PRA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BACKDATE DUTY CUTNew Title

PRA 23/03/2022

Today, the Chancellor announced a 5p fuel duty cut during the Spring Statement. While this is a step in the right direction, a 5p reduction is not comprehensive enough to reduce the burden on motorists. Other European countries have gone further: for example, Ireland has cut duty by 17p, leaving our members in Northern Ireland at a competitive disadvantage as they are unable to compete with prices across the border.

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THE PRA CONTINUES URGING THE CHANCELLOR TO CUT FUEL DUTY

PRA 17/03/2022

Global energy prices are still volatile due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, unduly impacting consumers at the same time as cost-of-living increases. The PRA is calling on the Chancellor to follow the example of other European countries and cut fuel duty to shield consumers from international events.

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PRA URGES GOVERNMENT TO CUT FUEL DUTY

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

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PRA STATEMENT ON PUMP PRICES

PRA 15/02/2022

“As it has been widely publicised, the tensions between Russia and Ukraine have pushed the price of oil to a seven-year high. As the situation unfolds over the coming days, the price of oil will be subject to further volatility. Other key factors to consider include continued tightness in the oil market and the Dollar-Sterling exchange rate.

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