I'm a bit out of date riding in UK as I have been working abroad for a while and only got to go out on my bike on infrequent holidays.
Taking advantage of a brief respite in the bad weather I took my teenage daughter out for a ride a week or so ago to get re-aquainted with the Lincolnshire roads. I stopped at the local (quite recently opened) CO-OP/BP petrol station to top up but was told over the loud speaker in the station that they would not dispence fuel whilst rider or pillion were sat on the bike. I have a center stand so it was not too much of an issue for me but I was confused as to the reasoning.
While paying I asked the clerk who said that it's company policy (CO-OP not BP) and due to the dreaded Health and Safety as well as the (percieved) likelyhood of bikers nicking fuel by riding off when full! I explained that many many bikes don't have a centre stand and that bikers straddle the bike to keep it central and so fill the tank fully. Her only answer was to suggest that the pillion or, if solo, a passing motorist hold the bike steady!! I wouldn't expect my 13yr old girl to hold my bulky FJR1300 steady let alone Mrs Miggins at the next door pump!!
At that point I decided that I would not be using CO-OP owned stations anymore (they're 3p a litre more than the supermarkets anyway!).
I have asked at the local Sainsburys who say the only restriction they have is that Bikers remove helmets, or lift the front so face is visable on flip-face lids, and this is as much to get your face on camera as it is to speak "face-to-face" with customers, and this I can fully understand having lived the last 3 yrs in a place where veils were the fashion for women . One nice cashier suggested that if I were to fill up at CO-OP again then I ask the staff to hold the bike for me
Has anyone experience similar "red tape" and is willing to name and shame the brand so I can avoid them?
Enjoy, be safe