Petrol and diesel prices for people in the Appin area will be cut by 5 pence per litre. The news has been welcomed by Alan Reid who has been fighting for lower fuel prices since he was elected in 2001 as MP for Argyll and Bute.
The PA38 postcode area, which includes Appin, has joined the Hebridean and Clyde islands where Rural Fuel Duty Relief operates. It is one of the first places on the mainland UK to get this tax relief. From the start of next month, filling stations in 17 parts of the UK including Appin, will be able to register for the scheme, with the rebate then coming into effect from May 31.
A delighted Alan Reid said when the news came from Europe of Commission approval: "This is another LibDem manifesto commitment delivered."
He added: "I am going to keep up the fight for more areas of Argyll to reap the same benefits. Hard-pressed rural filling stations need this support to keep prices lower at the pump for remote communities. As I have said before, the high price of fuel in remote rural areas is very damaging to the local economy.
"The fuel duty discount scheme has been a success on the islands and if it also proves to be a success in Appin I hope to see the discount scheme extended to other villages in mainland Argyll.”
The rate cut was announced in January and last week was given formal agreement from other EU member states.
"I am glad this scheme has been implemented in the current Parliament,” said Mr Reid.
See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rural-fuel-price-cut-gets-green-light for the full list of post codes which will receive the discount.