Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, met 40 local independent petrol station owners at Harpenden House Hotel on Friday, 7th July, to discuss their concerns.
Peter Lilley said: “Petrol Retailers are suffering from increasing numbers of motorists who fill up and drive off without paying. I am concerned that several retailers claimed some police forces no longer treat this as a crime, will not issue crime numbers and say retailers must take civil action to obtain payment. It is appalling if this is so. Driving off without paying is theft and theft is a crime. I am writing to Herts Constabulary to confirm that they do still treat this as a crime and to the Home Secretary to ask him to ensure that neighbouring police forces take firm action against this crime.?
“It was reasonable to bring petrol duties nearer to international levels to help meet our obligations to cut emissions. But this government has stepped on the tax accelerator and driven British pump prices to the highest in Europe. They should get off the escalator and adopt the Tory idea of a Britdisc ? charging continental lorries for using British roads (similar to the French ?vignette?) and use the money to cut fuel duty.?