'Phenomenal' response to petition for 5p-a-litre cut in fuel
A thousand people have already signed a petition to secure a Government-funded 5p-a-litre cut in fuel for motorists in Cornwall.
Both Devon and Cornwall were last week included in a list of 36 remote rural areas – stretching from Scotland to the South West – which could benefit from a concession designed to ease the pain on motorists facing the highest costs.
The Government is now asking for fuel retailers in the areas to report how much they charge for petrol and diesel, with a view to extending the rebate scheme which is already in operation on the Isles of Scilly and the Scottish islands to the mainland.
A petition launched by St Ives Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George has already garnered more than 1,000 signatures. Mr George said: "We're getting a phenomenal response. With strong public support and good evidence, I'm sure that we can persuade Treasury ministers and secure a road fuel rebate for Cornwall – just as we successfully did for the Scillies. Paper copies of the petition will be hitting the high street and fuel stations soon."
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The fuel duty petition can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RXDF6J9. The rebate would require the approval of both the European Commission and 28 EU members states.
The Treasury said it is most interested in identifying areas where prices were consistently similar to those on the islands that currently fall under the scheme. Places where prices were consistently lower than those on the islands currently covered are "extremely unlikely" to be included in any extension of the discount scheme.
Campaign group FairFuel UK said that even if successful it would only help a small number of people, and called for a fuel duty cut across the whole country.