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Motorway Service Station Rip-Off?

Oh dear! Motorists pay up to forty per-cent more for everyday items at motorway service stations compared to the high street.

By Stephen Turvil
Feb 23, 2012
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Oh dear! Motorists pay up to forty per-cent more for everyday items at motorway service stations compared to the high street, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. As such, the road safety experts have reported that a 'large Snickers bar costs 90 pence from a motorway service area compared to 68 pence from a high street branch'. Furthermore, a 'regular coffee costs 16 per-cent more on the motorway' – and a 'packet of McCoys crisps was almost 45 per-cent more expensive than a shop on the high street'. The IAM has also revealed that petrol costs around 10 pence per-litre more than at off-motorway forecourts.

IAM Chief Executive, Simon Best, said: “We must end this motorway madness. Everything from sweets to petrol have an outrageous mark up.” He continued: “Our advice for tired motorists is always to take your rest break and have a coffee to help you freshen up. The danger is that rip-off prices will discourage people from getting the rest they need. Parking fines for drivers who sleep for longer than two hours put people off taking rest breaks.”

Motorway service station prices are higher – in part - because of supply and demand. In the high street, for example, motorists can purchase chocolate in various outlets – so prices must be competitive. In contrast, there are no kiosks in lane three of the M25, so service stations are the only supplier. Prices reflect this. The cheaper option is to buy petrol before the motorway, then rest at the services while eating a low cost packed lunch.

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By Stephen Turvil
Feb 23, 2012