Petrol Retailers' cautiously welcome extension to rural fuel duty rebate scheme

Published 18/10/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA), the trade association representing independent forecourt retailers in the UK, cautiously welcomes the news that ten rural areas in UK could get fuel duty tax cut.

HM Treasury have confirmed that independent filling stations in 3 towns in England and 7 in Scotland have met the strict criteria to apply to the EU for the 5ppl derogation on fuel excise duty.

Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman, said “Whilst any duty reduction will be good news for motorists in these rural areas, it does not even start to tackle the compelling evidence that rural filling stations are continuing to close for business.

“It is also important to note that while the scheme will cut fuel prices in the nominated areas, it will only act to bring prices in line with the UK average.”

The PRA also question why, despite 17 areas being indentified in investigations, not a single village or town on Northern Ireland has qualified for the scheme. However the PRA did predict this outcome at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Industry Select Committee at Stormont last week.

During the meeting, Madderson commented “I understand that interest in the scheme from NI retailers was minimal because the price threshold that the Treasury set was almost unobtainable. Therefore very few, if any, will be granted in Northern Ireland.”

 

ENDS

Notes for editors: The transcript for the Petrol Retailers Association Briefing, of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment meeting on 10 October 2013 can be found at the link below.

http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Official-Report/

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. 

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