PRA Chairman comments on freeze in fuel duty

03/03/2021

Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA): “As the PRA has campaigned heavily against any rises in fuel duty, we naturally welcome the Chancellors decision today. Fuel duty is a regressive tax on business and livelihoods so any attempt to increase it would have been entirely counter-productive as the economy gets back on track.

“It is by no means an over-exaggeration to say our members have kept this country moving during the pandemic and it is right that the Government has recognised that undeniable fact.

“Despite employing over 100,000 people and serving as the sole lifeline to many communities, petrol retailers have long been burdened with excessive taxation. In future strategies to balance the public finances, our members must not be viewed simply as an easy cash cow. The PRA will continue to fight tooth and nail against any disproportionate measures.”

The PRA strongly suggest an ‘Al Capone’ initiative is enacted to recover the estimated £1 billion a year in tax income to the mostly “endemically non-compliant” hand car washes. From this, a long-term and significant revenue stream can be established. It will have the added benefit of combating human trafficking and money laundering. The PRA believe this effort would garner widespread public support.

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Notes to editors:

The Petrol Retailers Association represents 5,500 independent fuel retailers who now account for 70% of all UK forecourts.

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.