Petrol retailers commend Treasury initiative to extend the rural duty rebate

Published 01/08/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA), the trade body representing independent forecourts in the UK, welcomes HM Treasury’s intentions to seek permission from the European Commission to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme.

HM Treasury have today announced plans to extend the scheme to areas of the UK, including large parts of Northern Ireland. 

The PRA believe the scheme could provide important financial relief to hard pressed motorists in outlying areas who are forced to drive further and further to fill up as closures of independent petrol forecourts continue. It will also help financially stressed retailers to sustain their businesses and help local communities.

Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman, commented “There are now just 1640 rural filling stations across the UK and almost all these are independently owned and operated by families local to the area. As a consequence, the PRA has been in close contact with the Chief Secretary and HM Treasury officials prior to the establishment of the present scheme and more recently with plans to try and extend the scheme.

“This is a fantastic initiative which the PRA welcome wholeheartedly and would encourage all independent retailers in the areas detailed to respond to the ‘call for evidence’ both quickly and constructively to aid HM Treasury in their discussions with the EU Commission.”

Retailers can contact the PRA if they have any concerns or queries about this ‘call’.

Madderson added “We have been pressing Government to take robust action to protect the energy resilience for road transport fuels and this is just one of the potential measures that we hoped to see tabled.

The PRA will continue to liaise with the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on other important measures to support our fragile refuelling network.”



Notes: Brian Madderson is available for interview. Please contact the press office.

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer

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