Lewes MP makes fuel plea

Norman Baker MP

Norman Baker MP

First published in News

A SUSSEX MP has called on petrol retailers to introduce pre-payment across the board to cut down on fuel theft.

Lewes MP and crime prevention minister Norman Baker said petrol stations are encouraging theft by failing to take measures to stop customers leaving forecourts without paying.

Mr Baker questioned whether police should respond to reports of motorists leaving without paying if firms were not introducing measures to reduce the risk. Industry representatives hit back saying pre-payment would lead to ‘grievous loss of trade’.

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9:29am Mon 4 Aug 14

rolivan says...

It is quite simple really all they need to do is have half of the pumps payable by card and the other half directed to a kiosk . The problem the Garages have is that they want to get people into the shop and pay rip off prices for drinks and snacks etc they can't have it all ways.
It is quite simple really all they need to do is have half of the pumps payable by card and the other half directed to a kiosk . The problem the Garages have is that they want to get people into the shop and pay rip off prices for drinks and snacks etc they can't have it all ways. rolivan
  • Score: 7

10:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

rolivan wrote:
It is quite simple really all they need to do is have half of the pumps payable by card and the other half directed to a kiosk . The problem the Garages have is that they want to get people into the shop and pay rip off prices for drinks and snacks etc they can't have it all ways.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: It is quite simple really all they need to do is have half of the pumps payable by card and the other half directed to a kiosk . The problem the Garages have is that they want to get people into the shop and pay rip off prices for drinks and snacks etc they can't have it all ways.[/p][/quote]Agreed theargusissoinformative
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12:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

I actually much prefer the pay at pumps they are far more convenient and quick. I use the Asda one all the time at Hollingbury. You can use it out of hours, though there is sometimes a queue. I find it annoying to have to go in and pay.

But if you want to pay with cash then you can't use them, apart from that I dont need a downside.
I actually much prefer the pay at pumps they are far more convenient and quick. I use the Asda one all the time at Hollingbury. You can use it out of hours, though there is sometimes a queue. I find it annoying to have to go in and pay. But if you want to pay with cash then you can't use them, apart from that I dont need a downside. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

csiiscool says...

The true reason I think they want more of our money which we pay in fuel taxes in their pockets, as what I read somewhere the government had billions of pounds of money which they got from fuel taxes, and people in public services, schools, emergency services have to strike to get notice that they are losing out in their pension scream they are in because the government saying they got no money to pay them this also including us general public also, but I am not racist when people from outside the eu come in to UK they get more money to live on than people who been working all their lives and just retired. I want to know what is the point for us paying our taxes and when we are in our 70s, 80s, and our 90s we have nothing to live on after we pay out on our bills, ie council tax etc I feel all the people in uk need to stand up and say something need to be done and make every person equal not just few of us
The true reason I think they want more of our money which we pay in fuel taxes in their pockets, as what I read somewhere the government had billions of pounds of money which they got from fuel taxes, and people in public services, schools, emergency services have to strike to get notice that they are losing out in their pension scream they are in because the government saying they got no money to pay them this also including us general public also, but I am not racist when people from outside the eu come in to UK they get more money to live on than people who been working all their lives and just retired. I want to know what is the point for us paying our taxes and when we are in our 70s, 80s, and our 90s we have nothing to live on after we pay out on our bills, ie council tax etc I feel all the people in uk need to stand up and say something need to be done and make every person equal not just few of us csiiscool
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Petrol retailers will provide pre-payment facilities as and when it benefits them and in response to the demanded from their customers. The last thing they need is to be compelled to do this as the behest of a Lib Dem minister, whose intention and party policy is to cause maximum inconvenience to the motorist.
Petrol retailers will provide pre-payment facilities as and when it benefits them and in response to the demanded from their customers. The last thing they need is to be compelled to do this as the behest of a Lib Dem minister, whose intention and party policy is to cause maximum inconvenience to the motorist. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 5

7:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

But Allstar fleet cards don't have a chip so cant be used anywhere other than at the kiosk. Where controls such as number plate verification and mileage are also exercised. (At least that's how the cards on two fleets I drive for work!) Result I have to be trusted to pay.
Would drive off theft reduce if prices came down? Incidentally caught a little thug trying to nick my number plates yesterday. guess he was planning on a quick swap and a drive off - with me getting the visit from plod.
But Allstar fleet cards don't have a chip so cant be used anywhere other than at the kiosk. Where controls such as number plate verification and mileage are also exercised. (At least that's how the cards on two fleets I drive for work!) Result I have to be trusted to pay. Would drive off theft reduce if prices came down? Incidentally caught a little thug trying to nick my number plates yesterday. guess he was planning on a quick swap and a drive off - with me getting the visit from plod. Logicsays
  • Score: 2

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