Motorway Services To Slash Petrol Prices

Thu 10th Feb 2022

The ever spiraling cost of refueling your car has hit the wallet hard in the last 12-months, and for those unlucky enough to have to fill their vehicle up at a motorway services the pain is amplified.

But the tradition of paying through the nose (or should that be nozzle?) for sky-high petrol prices on the motorway, could be a thing of the past, with one of the UK’s biggest service station operators committing to cut the cost of fuel at its forecourts.

Moto, which operates 47 sites across the UK, has promised to cut the cost of fuel by 15p at five sites, bringing their prices in line with other high street forecourts, and if successful then the trial could be extended to their entire network. 

The move is a significant victory for the consumer, who when stopping at a service station on a motorway fully expects to be paying above the odds for fuel and refreshments - in essence paying a premium for the convenience. 

The cuts come as Moto was granted permission to advertise their fuel prices at new digital signage sites on the motorway and the company’s CEO is keen to see other motorway services follow suit.

“Today marks a hugely important next step in improving fuel price transparency on the motorways and in helping motorists’ money go further. We want to move quickly to install the signage and reduce prices at our sites as fast as we can,” Moto boss Ken McMeikan said.

“We have worked tirelessly to show National Highways that the new signage is a very sensible measure that will allow us to reduce prices for motorists. 

“If other motorway operators also look to install the new fuel signage and lower prices at their sites, motorists will see fuel prices comparable to local high street forecourts up and down the UK’s motorways.”

A trial at Frankley services last year saw a greater number of motorists using the site, allowing prices to drop. It’s worth noting that fuel prices remain at an all-time high and that the prices proposed by Moto will still be 10p per litre higher than supermarket prices.