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


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’. 

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CWA requests the UK Government provide an exemption allowing Automated Car Washes to remain open


Writing to the UK Government (02/11/2020), Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Car Wash Association (CWA) and Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), said “It is deeply concerning that the Government guidance regarding the impending lockdown is proposing a blanket closure order for all car washes. We strongly refute the idea that they are not an essential service. Car washes are important for vehicle repair and maintenance. 

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The PRA calls for clarification from the Welsh Government on car washes


The Petrol Retailers and Car Wash Associations 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). The PRA does not represent the standalone Hand Car Washes (HCW), which on occasion may breach Covid-19 regulations as well as ones covering tax, employment and the environment.

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PRA welcomes government decision to withdraw travel warning


Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), has welcomed clarification from the Government that motorists and shoppers should be visiting petrol stations during this period of lockdown. Brian Madderson said “we noted the misleading advice from the Dept for Transport for travellers which was reported by the Evening Standard in their Wednesday 23rd edition. 

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PRA calls for extension of business rates relief


Responding last week (18/09/2020) to the first part of the Government’s Consultation on Business Rates, Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retails Association (PRA) said “We strongly recommend that the present 100% business rates relief for Filling Stations (PFS) is continued beyond April 2021, until such time as the Covid-19 restrictions have become less onerous”. The PRA is also calling for a tapered reduction to 50%, once reinstated, in order to avoid a sudden, cliff-edge return to previous levels which could imperil the recovery of independent retailers.

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PRA welcomes rates relief for Northern Ireland forecourts


"We are extremely pleased that following constructive discussions, the Northern Ireland assembly has confirmed that their COVID-19 business rates relief, originally limited to forecourt shops up to 300 m2 of selling space, has now been extended to forecourts with a shop area up to 500 m2”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

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