Rural drivers to get 5p fuel rebate

5 March 2015

farmer Rural petrol stations are going to get a rebate, so they can offer lower prices at the pumps, thanks to the EU. Forecourts will be allowed to claim back up to 5p a litre on diesel and unleaded duty.

17 areas will be able to apply for the rebate from May 31st.

This is good news because, until now, prices have been higher because of the cost of extra transportation needed and the lower demand for fuel.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: "This is great news for motorists in these areas and brings a duty discount a step closer. Even though fuel prices are falling across the country, they are still higher in very rural areas. As someone who comes from one of the most rural areas in the UK, I know that for people who live in these areas cars are a necessity, not a luxury. I've fought hard to reach this major milestone."

"While we have one more stage to go, I want to make sure we are ready to implement this as a top priority so we will press for this to be heard as soon as possible and are today publishing the necessary draft regulations. I'm determined to implement the rural fuel rebate in the current Parliament as part of this government’s drive for a stronger economy and fairer society."

Roughly translated, what Danny Alexander just said was: 'It might be an idea to get the farmers onside just before an election.'

There are some places in the Highlands, North Yorkshire, Devon, Northumberland and Argyll and Bute that are eligible and if you want to see the areas, click here.

TOPICS:   Motoring   Banking

1 comment

  • LD
    Why not - Cross rail is costing nearly £16 BILLION.

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