MP’s plea for struggling drivers

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh
Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh
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Ministers are facing fresh calls to help motorists in remote parts of North Yorkshire struggling with high fuel prices.

Tory MP Anne McIntosh has urged Ministers to include the area in trials of a fuel duty discount scheme after the European Commission gave the green light to a Government plan to pilot the idea.

Ministers want the pilots, which will save motorists five pence a litre and now have to be approved by European member states before they can go ahead, to take place on Scottish islands and the Isles of Scilly.

But Thirsk and Malton MP Miss McIntosh, chairwoman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, urged them to re-think and include remote parts of the North Yorkshire region.

“I’m delighted that the coalition plan has been met with positive approval by the commission,” she said.

“There is a very good case indeed for rural parts of North Yorkshire to qualify.

“I hope Ministers will take this opportunity to revisit the whole question of who should qualify as a pilot area, sooner rather than later.”

A Treasury spokesman said: “The European Commission decision is a positive step towards delivering cheaper fuel to remote island communities.

“The UK Government is working to secure the final agreement of member states and get savings at the pump as quickly as possible.”

The idea was first proposed before the election by the Liberal Democrats to help remote areas where people are more reliant on cars and farm transport.