Published 15/01/2015 00:00:00 in Press Releases

“The PRA welcomes the news that seventeen of the UK’s most rural communities are a step closer to getting up to a 5p per litre fuel price cut. The government’s Rural Fuel Rebate scheme has today cleared the major hurdle gaining European Commission (EC) approval”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

Following today’s announcement from Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the scheme will allow 125,000 people living in the selected areas, to benefit from cheaper fuel. These areas currently face some of the highest fuel prices in the country despite depending on cars for transport.

The PRA has been liaising with the HM Treasury throughout this process and our members have praised our efforts on the back of today’s news.

“This is fantastic news for us and we thank the PRA for all their continued help and support”, said Ian Bown, proprietor of the Gulf branded Dalehead Garage in Hawes, Wensleydale.

Madderson continued, “The UK’s most rural islands already receive this discount, but this will be the first time ever that the Commission has approved a fuel discount on the mainland in the UK.”

With a view to implementing the scheme during the current Parliament, the government is pressing ahead with a formal consultation on the regulations necessary to implement the changes today.




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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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