PRA welcomes Government decision to allow car washes on petrol forecourts to remain open

04/11/2020

Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) and Car Wash Association (CWA), said: “I am immensely pleased to announce that the Government confirmed with us that, in England, ‘car washes which are part of a petrol station would be able to remain open as there is no requirement for an ‘open business’ to close off parts of their business that are ‘closed’. 

“This major success has come about as a result of intensive lobbying efforts on Government over the past three days by the PRA and CWA. While we are pleased with this outcome, the CWA will continue with its robust lobbying as Automated Car Washes (ACW) that are not connected to a petrol station have not yet been granted an exemption to remain open. We are working to ensure that these ACW are not discriminated against in this, and any potential further, lockdown”.  

Please note that these regulations only apply in England, and all car washes have been permitted to remain operational in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The PRA and CWA represent the 5,350 independent forecourt operators and specialist car wash companies across the UK. This covers 65% of the total fuel outlets (PFS). Many of these sites have Automated Car Washes (ACW) Multiples and compliant Hand Car Washes (HCW). The PRA/CWA does not represent non -compliant standalone hand car washes. 

 

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Notes to editors:

Brian Madderson is available for interview.

About PRA

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.