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'Phenomenal' response to petition for 5p-a-litre cut in fuel

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

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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."

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.

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  • nick113  |  August 07 2013, 10:02PM

    @Free2opine. So you don't agree with my first point. What about my other two reasons why this is a daft idea? BTW I haven't voted Labour for about 30 years.

  • josdave  |  August 07 2013, 12:47PM

    Of course it got a lot of support. You would get the same support if someone suggested 5p off the price of a pint. This will lead to a loss of revenue so someone will end up paying more to take up the slack.

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  • nickthompson  |  August 07 2013, 9:18AM

    This will certainly be good news to those companies manufacturing jerry cans.

  • Free2opine  |  August 07 2013, 8:18AM

    People who have to rely on remote garages are already paying at least 8p a gallon more than urban areas, so a 5p reduction will make a big difference. Small garages are struggling when the supermarkets are offering much lower prices for their petrol so if they(the small independent garage) can offer a 5p reduction they are at least in with a fighting chance of keeping some of their customers. The argument that somebody has to pay more to subsidise this idea is a non starter because you will find that with most things in life, somebody is subsidising somebody else's way of life. For example a single working person subsidises couples with children. A person who never uses the railways is subsidising people who do use it. A typical Labour response from you Nick113.

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  • nick113  |  August 07 2013, 7:26AM

    And it's entirely in character for a twerp like Andrew George to be backing a plan like this; something that "sounds great" but is half-baked if you stop to think about it.

  • nick113  |  August 07 2013, 7:22AM

    This idea is complete madness. Firstly, reducing tax in one area simply means someone else will have to pay more. Secondly, wherever you draw the line you will create an anomaly; one garage will get a 5p reduction while another half a mile up the road won't. Finally there can be no guarantee that the reduction will be passed on to the customer - what's to stop the garage simply increasing its profit margin?

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