“The PRA poll today shows that 13% of independent retailers in London and the South East are dry. This is leaving some motorists continuing to feel insecure about fuel availability at their local neighbourhood filling stations. Independent forecourts report a complete lack of visibility as to when their next delivery might arrive, and some have been dry for four days and still waiting for a delivery.
“We have yet to see any explanation from the Government of the benefits arising from the suspension of competition law between the major oil companies in the delivery of downstream fuel. We need to restore a competitive market with incentives for those who deliver on the job.
“Most independent retailers have built a reputation with their local customers for reliable service, good facilities and a well-stocked convenience store. Sadly retailers have been throwing away large quantities of fresh produce as the “Closed” sign has deterred not just forecourt business but shop sales too, with some quoting reductions in non-fuel sales of between 20 and 50%.
“Attempts by the Government to deal with this fuels crisis, now into its 14th day, have thus far had only limited success in London and the South East. Much more attention on this issue affecting this region is urgently needed”.
Gordon Balmer, PRA Executive Director
NOTES TO EDITORS
The findings come from a survey of 25% of all independent petrol stations in Great Britain carried out this morning by the PRA.
London and Southeast: 13% dry, 16% one grade, 71% both grades
Rest of the country: 5% dry, 4% one grade, 91% both grades
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.