Petroleum (consolidation) regulations 2014

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 came in to force as of 1 October 2014 and replace the previous petroleum licencing system with the Petroleum Storage Certificate (PSC). Any petroleum licence which expires after 1 October 2014 will be deemed to be a PSC under the new regulations.

New certificates will be issued as licences expire over the next 3 years. Certificates are issued for the premises where the petrol is stored and dispensed, with no reference to person or company (previously known as licencees). Certificates do not have an expiry date and remain in force until either major changes take place or the site ceases to operate for more than 12 months.

The keeper of the fuel must pay an annual fee which is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol stored at the site. The keeper can choose to pay up to 10 years in advance.

Food information and labelling

The food labelling laws will change on 13 December 2014.

This will affect you if you are a food manufacturer, packer, importer, retailer or caterer.

The new food information requirements are made under Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers and implemented into English law by the Food Information Regulations 2014 and include the following:

  • the requirement to provide allergen information (including food sold loose and in restaurants, cafes etc)
  • changes to nutritional information labelling on prepacked food (including mandatory labelling from 13 December 2016)
  • clarity and legibility requirements of the labelling
  • specific information for non-prepacked foods
  • changes to labelling and compositional requirements for minced meat

To help you comply with these changes we have produced the following guidance. One or more may apply to your business:

Guidance for Butchers

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Guidance for Caterers

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Guidance on prepacked food

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Consumer Contracts regulation changes from June 2014

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 came into force on 13 June 2014.

Significant changes to the way most businesses contract with consumers were introduced, regardless of how the contract is entered into.

These new regulations cover contracts made for the sale and supply of goods, services and digital content. In brief, the main changes are:

  • the requirement to provide specified information to consumers about the seller, the product and any additional charges before they enter into a contract
  • an increase to the minimum cancellation period from 7 to 14 days for most contracts made away from business premises or without face to face contact
  • in relation to the sale of goods, where the consumer cancels the contract a refund must be provided within 14 days of the goods being returned (or proof of their return). With regards to service contracts, there is a requirement for any refund to be made within 14 days from the date of cancellation
  • limited exemption for cancellation periods for genuine emergency work
  • prohibition of pre-ticked additional charge options
  • a requirement that most telephone helplines are chargeable at no more than the basic rate. Where this is not adhered to, the regulations allow consumers to claim any difference from the business

Further guidance:

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