The Scottish National Party has welcomed calls from campaigners to cut petrol and diesel duty ahead of George Osborne’s Budget this month, but has warned their proposed cut of three pence would not help rural areas where forecourt prices are often higher than in towns and cities.


The FairFuel UK campaign led by former Top Gear presented Quentine Wilson found the UK now has the highest duty on diesel in the EU and is behind only Sweden for petrol taxes.


SNP Westminster spokesperson for Transport and MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Angus MacNeil said:


“More needs to be done to ensure people in rural areas are not hit at the petrol pumps.


“For many, a car is not a luxury but a necessity to get to work or access public services. The UK’s excessively high petrol and diesel prices are hitting households and businesses alike.


“The SNP have consistently called for the introduction of a fuel duty regulator which is a simple and effective way to get price stability for all motorists.


“Scotland is an oil-rich country but we suffer from some of highest fuel taxes in the EU because of Westminster policy. Only a Yes vote in September 2014 will bring control of fuel duty to the Scottish parliament, so that we can implement a fuel duty regulator at long last.”




Today’s Herald: “Campaigners say UK must cut fuel duty to match Europe”