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Cornish Drivers Miss 5p A Litre Discount

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7:30am 18th October 2013
(Updated 7:30am 18th October 2013)

Cornish drivers will miss out on a five pence a litre fuel discount.

Pirate FM has learnt the Duchy's been taken off a list of places in line for the rebate.

The government plan was supposed to help rural areas facing bigger bills.

It is already underway on the Isles of Scilly, but the only part of the mainland southwest that will benefit will be Lynton in north Devon.

That is despite a campaign from Duchy MPs and a petition that attracted more than a thousand signatures.

Cornwall had been put on a list of thirty-six places across the UK that were due to be submitted to the EU for approval.

It is not clear why it has been taken off.

Alan Baldwin runs a taxi company in Falmouth. He said: "Our income has dropped drastically over the last few years because of the fuel prices. There is a knock on to parts for our vehicles, for labour charges in garages. Everything seems to be going up and we just can't keep up with it. It's very damaging."

"We have a lot of elderly people in Falmouth and they rely a lot on taxis taking them door to door from the shops to housing, whereas the bus services don't cover a lot of the routes. They have cut a lot of their routes over the last few years."

At the moment fuel prices in general are dropping, thanks to wholesale costs going down and a fresh supermarket price war.

Edmund King from the AA said: "For the next few weeks, few months, I hope we will see more stability and, hopefully, we will see prices going down a little bit more rather than increasing."

"We believe the prices at the moment are a fair price, whereas often before we've criticised the pump prices are considerably above what the wholesale prices are. I think at the moment it's a pretty fair price out there."

7:30am 18th October 2013

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