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Cheaper Fuel Chance For Cornwall

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6:56am 6th October 2014
(Updated 6:56am 6th October 2014)

Pirate FM has learnt Cornwall could get a 5p a litre petrol discount if we got devolution.

The government has already ruled out giving the Duchy the same fuel cut the Isles of Scilly gets.

Officials say we are not rural enough.

But the council is hinting that could be reversed if it was handed more powers.

The rural fuel discount is designed to help places where locals depend more on their cars and fuel prices are traditionally higher.

Part of Cornwall was originally included in a list of places that could get help - but was taken off by officials in Whitehall.

Julian German is in charge of Cornwall's economy on the council. He told Pirate FM: "We're trying to put forward real points for residents of Cornwall that will make a real difference.

"Reducing the cost of fuel in Cornwall would certainly help people in Cornwall get around and would take less out of their pockets."

Mick is a taxi driver in Wadebridge. He said: "It effects everybody. People just can't afford to run cars. I've had people actually give up their car and use a taxi because of the fuel and all the other stuff that comes with a car - insurance, tax, maintenance. So it's cheaper to use a taxi anyway.

Alan runs a taxi company in Falmouth. He said: "Our income has dropped drastically over the last few years because of the fuel prices. There's also a knock on effect for parts of our vehicles for labour charges in the garages. The garages have to put their costs up.

"Everything seems to be going up and we just can't keep up with it."

Three ways to help slash your petrol bill by up to a third...

  • Start looking for somewhere cheap to fill up before you hit the red. That way you won't be forced to use the nearest and dearest filling station. Don't over fill your tank either. Remember - extra fuel is extra weight and will ironically use up extra fuel to carry around.
  • Don't floor it! Accelerate gently, make sure you are in the right gear. Don't stop/start with your brakes, let the car slow down naturally.
  • Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated that way your car will have to work less hard. Have a clear out too and get rid of any extra weight caused by stuff in the boot - and switch off the air con.
6:56am 6th October 2014

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