Talking Point

Is there a market for building vehicles to run on alternative fuels?

“Quite simply yes,” said Simon Wood, Mercedes-Benz UK “We’ve a number of operators who’ve opted to run vehicles on alternative fuel solutions – LPG, CNG, hybrid, E-CELL and a selection of biofuels – and, results have been both clear and encouraging. Read more »

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Dodgy tanks – do you refuse to fill?

We asked a selection of distributors what their policy was with respect to delivering to dodgy tanks such as this one spotted in the Channel Islands.  Share your experiences and dodgy tanks with liz@fueloilnews.co.uk Carrie Marsh, Marsh Fuels, Berkshire “It’s a no Read more »

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Will the Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) enhance driver skills or is it an unnecessary addition to the ADR qualification?

Mick Smith, Suckling Transport “Raising standards throughout the industry can only be a good thing, and by adding PDP to the ADR qualification, the driver will demonstrate their knowledge and skill by taking an assessment. The PDP is supported by Read more »

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Should FPS and OFTEC move closer together?

Designed to boost the oil heating industry, the Oilsave campaign is a joint initiative between OFTEC and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers. Should the two organisations do more together? Brian Allerton, WCF In recent times, FPS and OFTEC seem to Read more »

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Are distributors doing enough to help vulnerable customers?

A recent report by the Fuel Poverty Action Group has called on fuel oil distributors to establish a priority register* for vulnerable customers   James Owen, S Owen and Sons, Shropshire “We’ve noticed that many of our customers are ordering Read more »

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Will my supplier be putting FAME in my gas oil?

Peter George, managing director UK and Ireland marketing, Phillips 66 “Phillips 66 does not intend to put FAME in its gas oil supplies for the foreseeable future. As usual, we will be communicating directly with all of our customers further on Read more »

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Are there benefits for distributors in offering an online sales channel?

Robert Taylor, Butler Fuels “Yes, an online service can offer benefits in that customers can place orders and email us with any queries, whenever it suits them. However, we do believe that even though many customers may choose to order Read more »

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Is the heating oil market threatened by the government’s decision not to support bioliquids under the renewable heat incentive?

Ben More, Moorland Fuels, Devon “After attending The Oil & Renewable Energy Show in October and conducting our own research, it’s clear that alternative energy sources and government incentives have to be taken seriously. “As a fuel supplier, we firmly Read more »

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“How is the closure of Coryton affecting distributors in the south east?”

“The closure of Coryton is already having quite severe consequences. It’s affecting other terminals in the area, with the high demand for product stretching resources to the limit.  When it closed earlier this year, the weather was warmer and demand Read more »

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Servicing customers

With 60% of the UK’s top 20 distributors providing boiler maintenance services to their domestic customers, it goes to show that such services still play a significant role in a distributor’s total offering ______________________________________________________________ Last year – according to research Read more »

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