South Ayrshire could be in line for fuel discount

Motorists in South Ayrshire may soon be paying less to fill up their engines.

That’s because the UK Government have unveiled plans to extend their fuel rebate scheme.

This scheme currently sees islanders off of mainland Scotland enjoy 5p off their fuel prices due to high costs.

Now the Government have asked 35 counties across the UK to submit details of their petrol and diesel prices to see if they are eligible for a fuel discount.

And the issue is particularly prevalenty here in Carrick where only four towns south of Ayr have access to be able to fill up their car.

These are Girvan, Maybole, Maidens and Ballantrae with the latter being the last chance you have to fill up before Stranraer.

The plans will need to be given permission by the European Commission in order for them to succeed.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: “The island fuel rebate provides much needed help to keep down fuel prices in areas where costs of transporting fuel mean prices are much higher. I know that there are other remote rural areas of the UK with similarly high fuel costs.

“So we are today starting to gather further evidence that will form part of an application to the Commission to extend the island fuel duty discount scheme to very remote rural areas.

“We will need to prove that there are areas which are similar to the islands in terms of pump prices and distribution costs so I would urge local areas that may qualify to provide the information we need to make the case as robust as possible.”