Glasgow City Council's licensing board is to ban all forecourts in the city from selling alcohol - prompting fears other councils across Scotland could follow suit.
Scotland's Licensing Act 2005, due to come into force in 2009, will ban forecourts from selling alcohol unless they can prove their store is, or is likely to become, "the principal source" of petrol or groceries in the local community. The move is designed to tackle Scotland's drinking culture and reduce drink driving.
Licensing boards across the country are currently setting out their interpretations of the ban. This week Glasgow, Scotland's largest local council, said no forecourt stores in the Glasgow area would meet the necessary conditions.
"The licensing board would take the view that no community in Glasgow is reliant on such premises as a principal source of petrol or groceries, given the widespread provision of such facilities throughout the city," the council said in its draft policy document, which is currently out to consultation.
The Scottish Grocers Federation said it feared other licensing boards would follow Glasgow's lead. "We will ask licensing boards what evidence shop owners would have to provide to prove that they meet the community needs test," said Gordon MacRae, public affairs adviser.
"We believe all forecourts will become the principal supplier of petrol for their communities because forecourts are continuing to close."
The Scottish Grocers Federation had also asked the government to provide evidence of a link between forecourt alcohol sales and drink driving, he added.