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02nd August 2013

Statement From Scott Kennerley, Head Of Policy (transport) At The Consumer Council Regarding Hm Trea

The Consumer Council welcomes HM Treasury’s intention to seek permission from the European Commission to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to remote and rural parts of the UK including Northern Ireland.

Scott Kennerley, Head of Policy (Transport) at the Consumer Council said; “We would urge local petrol retailers to assist the Treasury with its submission to the European Commission as this could lead to lower fuel prices for NI consumers.

“If the submission is successful, this may provide an opportunity for HM Treasury to reduce the level of fuel duty charged in many parts of NI and could therefore present some relief to NI motorists who have consistently faced the highest costs for petrol, diesel or both across the UK during recent years.”

The AA Monthly Fuel Reports show that Northern Ireland had the highest costs for petrol, diesel or both across the UK regions for the whole of 2011, most of 2012 and all of 2013 to date. This is an issue the Consumer Council has raised since 2010 and in March this year, the Consumer Council called for HM Treasury to investigate the impact of fuel duty on Northern Ireland consumers.

HM Treasury are asking NI fuel retailers in a number of areas to submit their pump prices for the last quarter of 2012, including Antrim, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Coleraine, Cookstown, Down, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Omagh and Strabane.

“The Consumer Council asks that fuel retailers in the highlighted areas engage with HM Treasury to help them make a case to the European Commission. In the meantime, consumers can visit the fuel price comparison page on our website at www.consumercouncil.org.uk to see how much they could save by shopping around. The fuel price comparison details the cheapest, dearest and average price of fuel in a number of areas based on a survey of 77 fuel retailers across Northern Ireland,” concluded Scott.

Information for retailers can be accessed via the HM Treasury website
Consumers can check the latest petrol and diesel prices on our ‘Check Fuel Prices’ page

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