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Cornish Petrol Postcode 'Rip Off'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 27th June 2012. (Updated at 9:05am 27th June 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt it is costing drivers in the Duchy seven pence a litre more to fill up our cars than in big cities.

Campaigners are calling for a price cut to help struggling Cornish families.

It is after the Chancellor promised to scrap a three pence hike in fuel duty. He was replying to Falmouth and Truro MP Sarah Newton.

Ann Vandermeulen, from the Federation of Small Businesses in Cornwall said, "This will be some relief to businesses locally but fuel is still a really big overhead. Every little helps however, so this recognition of the elephant in the room is a step forward. We will continue to lobby on this issue as there is more to be done but we could not be anything but pleased with today's announcement."

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said, "This is good news for drivers and good news for the country. Given that tax makes up around 60% of the pump price, falls in the price of oil were only ever going to go so far in easing the financial burden on motorists.

"Road transport powers the nation's economy and it is welcome that the Chancellor recognises the huge pressures the country's 35 million drivers are under with transport being the biggest single area of household expenditure bar none."

AA president Edmund King said, "This is great news for all motorists as drivers will breathe an enormous sigh of relief with summer holidays about to take off.

"A duty increase at the same time as the Olympics would have cast a shadow over the UK.

"What we now need more than ever is fuel price transparency to make absolutely sure these benefits are passed on to drivers in their entirety.

Mr King said deferring the 3.02p-a-litre increase until next year will spare a two-car family from a £6.41-a-month leap in petrol costs.

Had it gone ahead, from petrol sales alone, it would have siphoned £1.6m a day from consumer spending into the pump and knocked out a third of price cuts since the record highs in mid-April.

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