An estimated 125,000 people from 17 rural locations in the UK are to benefit from fuel rebates.
The European Commission has just approved the Rural Fuel Rebate scheme, which allows retailers to claim as much as 5p per litre duty relief on both diesel and unleaded petrol. This enables them to cut fuel prices, making filling up much more affordable for their customers, reports bbc.co.uk.
Devon, Northumberland, Argyll and Bute, Cumbria and North Yorkshire are just some of the locations that will benefit from the scheme. However, this discount has been in effect in the Northern Isles, Herbrides, Isle of Scilly and islands in the Clyde since 2012.
Before the cuts can be brought in, other EU member states now have to approve the scheme through the EU council, reports rac.co.uk. Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said that the European Commission's green light is a "major step" forward for the scheme.
"Even though fuel prices are falling across the country, they are still higher in very rural areas," he stated. "While we have one more stage to go, I want to make sure we are ready to implement this as a top priority so we will press for this to be heard as soon as possible and are today publishing the necessary draft regulations."