The Rural Fuel Duty relief scheme provides support for motorists in remote areas (where pump prices are significantly higher than the UK average) by cutting fuel duty by 5p per litre.

The scheme currently applies to the sale of unleaded petrol, diesel, biodiesel, bioblend and bioethanol blend in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly as well as other rural areas in Scotland,
Northumberland, Cumbria and Devon.

The relief is provided by allowing retailers to claim relief on the fuel they purchase and then passing on the duty saving to the public. The scheme allows some 125,000 people living in the most remote parts of the country to benefit from lower fuel prices.

Excise Notice 2001: Rural Fuel Duty Relief Scheme explains the workings of the relief for retailers in the specified rural areas. The relief is only available for road fuel and retailers in the specified areas are only required to give the price
reduction and claim the relief where fuel has been used in a road vehicle.

Source: New feed