7 September 2017

Petrol retailers exhibition highlights electric future, diesel tax fears

Electric charging stations, the quality of motor fuel, and the industry campaign against a proposed rise in diesel fuel tax were the main subjects discussed at an exhibition for petrol retailers today, writes Trish Whelan.

The event was organised by the Irish Petrol Retailers Association at City West Hotel in Dublin, and was opened by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD (above).

The big topics up for discussion here today are electric charging stations and electric cars, quality assured motor fuel, the IPRA petition against the potential increase in the cost of diesel to equalise it with petrol under Budget 2017 along with unauthorised car wash, drive off issues, sustainability and commercial rate increases under REVAL17.

David Blevings, Michael Griffin, Orla Allen, Minister Shane Ross, and Anne Stanley (all of IPRA except Shane Ross Minister for Transport).

The Irish Petrol Retailers Association is calling on the Government to reconsider its call for an increase in diesel duty ahead of the October budget as the consequences for the rural dweller and the potential damage to the recovering economy in general would, they believe, outweigh the claimed gain in Revenue terms as suggested in local press.

The IPRA has recently launched a petition against this increase and asks people to sign and share its petition 'Stop the Irish Government increasing taxes on Diesel'. You can also sign the petition at fuel stations.

More than 50 companies involved in forecourt service exhibited at the event, including independent and chain petrol retailers, and suppliers of equipment, food, and payment services.

They are: Airserv; Ancorra; Applegreen; APT – Safelink; Arachas; Arcadia Graphics Ltd; Cardtronics Europe; Cashzone; Cashguard: Cool beans: CYC LOK: Eamonn Halpin & Co: EuroBlue: Eurotech: Fused by Fiona Uyema: Get Solutions: Global MSI: Goughs: Harrington Electrics: Inver: IPRA: Jonesco Preston Ltd: Liffey Distribution: Maxol: Mor Irish Gin; Moyee Coffee: MTS Security; Netleaders: NSAI; OMJ; Payzone; Peninsula; Petrocourt; Premium Cash Solutions Limited (PCS); Pumpwatch; Purdy FitzGerald Solicitors; Retail Solutions; Road Safety Authority; Seachange; Solv-X Products Ltd; Stafford Fuels; Stationmaster; TelLabs; The Little Pharma ; Tokheim; TOP; TOPAZ; Valero and the Valuation Office.

The IPRA has launched a petition against the proposed diesel tax increase.