Highlands & Islands

More rural UK fuel stations apply for duty discount

Fuel pump
Image caption There have been complaints about rural and remote areas being missed out

More than 40 rural filling stations across the UK have applied to a government scheme that offers a 5p a litre discount in fuel duty.

Ten rural communities in mainland Scotland and England were earmarked for the scheme in October.

But communities in parts of the Highlands and Wales complained that they had been missed out.

Last month, the UK government encouraged more petrol stations in remote and rural areas to apply.

Forty-two sites, 21 of them in the Highlands, have since made submissions.

At the moment the scheme applies to Scottish islands and the Isles of Scilly. It was introduced to the islands in March 2012.

The 10 mainland areas already on the list are Acharacle, Achnasheen, Appin, Carrbridge, Dalwhinnie, Gairloch and Strathpeffer in the Highlands.

Kirkby-in-Furness in Cumbria, Hawes in North Yorkshire and Lynton in Devon are also included.

Highland Council's transport spokesman, Graham Phillips, has said parts of Sutherland should have been included.

Five remote areas of Wales which had been earmarked for the discount scheme also failed to make the list.

The European Commission would have to approve the extension of the island scheme to mainland stations.

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