Responding to the report which shows drivers paid an extra 6p per litre for fuel at supermarkets last year due to weak competition allowing stores to push up profit margins, Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton & Honiton Richard Foord said:
“We've known for months that drivers are being fleeced at the pumps, particularly by supermarkets in rural areas like ours, where there is much more limited competition.
“My first act after being elected was to table a motion calling for the Government to do more to help ease the pressure on local motorists by extending the Rural Fuel Duty discount to all of Devon.
“This report today shows the impact on people across Devon. Conservative Ministers either don’t grasp what the problem is or simply don’t care.
“Ministers must take firm action to crack down on profiteering fuel cartels, hold bosses accountable for delivering fair fuel prices, and introduce a fuel price checker to enable greater transparency on local fuel prices and ensure people are getting the best price possible.”