So there appears to be more good news for drivers. Or at least for those in the following locations:
:: Acharacle, postcode PH36 (Scotland – Lochaber),
:: Achnasheen, IV22 (Scotland – Ross & Cromarty)
:: Appin, PA38 (Scotland – Argyll and Bute)
:: Carrbridge, PH23 (Scotland – Badenoch and Strathspey)
:: Dalwhinnie, PH19 (Scotland – Badenoch and Strathspey)
:: Gairloch, IV21 (Scotland – Ross & Cromarty)
:: Hawes, DL8 3 (England – North Yorkshire)
:: Kirkby-in-Furness, LA17 (England – Cumbria)
:: Lynton, EX35 (England – Devon)
:: Strathpeffer, IV14 (Scotland – Ross & Cromarty)
For these are the locations for which the government is seeking permission from the European Commission to cut the rate of fuel duty and hence provide cheaper petrol and diesel at the pumps. The benefit is likely to amount to 5p per litre.
The move is not unprecedented. Already the discounts are in place on the Scottish islands and Isles of Scilly. They are also to be found in other island communities in Europe.
According to the Press Association part of the reasoning for choosing these areas is that they are “more than 100 miles by road from the nearest refinery, and have a population density lower than 135 people per square kilometre.” Extension to these ten places would mean more than 120,000 people in Britain benefiting from the scheme.
These communities are also likely to be the ones who are furthest from supermarket fuel, as work from the RAC Foundation demonstrates:
Even for the vast majority of drivers who won’t be entitled to a discount there is good news: according to DECC unleaded fuel is currently averaging about 131.7p a litre, a price which has not been seen on a sustained level since the start of this year.