Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is encouraging local petrol retailers to send as much information as possible to the UK government in hope that they may be included in a scheme that would cut 5p a litre off petrol prices.
This comes after the UK government announced it was delaying its application to the European Commission to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to 10 new towns – three in England and seven in Scotland.
This delay comes after public outcry that a number of rural areas were not included, such as Dumfries and Galloway, and the UK government has now announced it is delaying the application so those retailers who did not submit information can do so now.
Introduced in March 2012, the discount currently applies to the Hebrides, Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly. Retailers register with HM Revenue and Customs to claim 5p a litre relief on fuel for sale to the public.
Mr Brown said: “We have been given a second chance and we must take advantage of it.
“I have written to the coalition government requesting that it includes our region in the scheme but it needs the information from local petrol retailers. I appeal to all those who did not send the required information the first time to do so this time. They need to send the UK government ordinary unleaded and diesel pump price data from October, November and December 2012, copies of business records dating from the time period in question to enable verification of the pump price data and their company name and address, including post code. They need to send these details to firstname.lastname@example.org. By sending this information, local petrol retailers are making the case for our inclusion.
“Inclusion in the scheme would make a huge difference to local drivers. Our fuel prices are significantly above the national average. Couple that with the fact that we are the lowest paid region in Scotland and it is no wonder that hard-working people are struggling to make ends meet. I hope the UK government does not forget about Dumfries and Galloway.”