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RHA and Moto welcome plans to force motorway service areas to display fuel prices

  • 16 May 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) and motorway service area (MSAs) company Moto have welcomed government plans to make MSAs display fuel prices on signs in the hard shoulder.

RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning said the signs will help lower fuel prices at Britain’s MSAs, which are often 10ppl higher than prices on other roads.

He said: “The prime minister is reported as saying that this is one area where government believes transparency can drive down prices and give motorists a better deal.  We shall be pressing the point that this issue is equally, if not more important for those who have the responsibility for delivering the economy- UK hauliers.”

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA), however, thinks that a forced investment in road signs will push up fuel prices, as costs will be passed on to the customer. It also believes electronic signs will distract drivers from the road.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson said: “The correct approach would have been to review the whole UK market for road fuels as the PRA had recommended with their formal complaint to the OFT nearly 18 months ago.

“Instead, the government has allowed the OFT to duck the issue so the lack of price transparency and the volatility of wholesale costs continue unchecked.”

A Moto spokesman revealed that the company had initially put forward the idea to the OFT at the time of its motorway fuel prices report earlier this year.

The spokesman also said prices could be displayed electronically on existing half-mile signs on approach to the service station.


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