Petrol boss, Brian Madderson, has asked for a countrywide ban on car washing in the street.
Madderson, who is Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), says that unregulated ‘pop-up’ companies that wash cars by hand are a danger to the environment.
“Our car washes have to be inspected by the Environment Agency and we have to have a method of catching the oil, grease and dirty water so it doesn’t go into the main drainage system,” Madderson told the Daily Telegraph.
He has even written a letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron, regarding the issue. Which he believes are a risk to the independent car washes he represents.
Germany and parts of the United States have adopted similar laws that make it illegal for drivers to wash their own cars at home in order to prevent cleaning materials leaking into the water supply.
It is estimated by the AA that 60% of British drivers wash their cars themselves.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “It doesn’t exactly win the hearts and minds of drivers when petrol retailers tell them they can’t wash their cars in the street,”
“We would take a very strong view if it was banned,” King added.
Madderson, who is also a member of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), is under no illusions of the popularity of his suggestion.
“We accept that this would be a difficult policy to sell to voters,” he said. “My members are already under threat because of falling profits they make on selling fuel and now struggling because their car wash businesses, which were a good earner, are being decimated.”