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Huppert acts to drive down cost of motorway fuel

November 30, 2011 12:18 PM

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is calling on the government to act to protect drivers from being held to ransom by petrol stations on motorways.

He believes Britain should adopt the French system where fuel prices at filling stations are flagged up to motorway drivers in advance to increase competition.

Julian is calling on MPs to sign an Early Day Motion acknowledging that fuel prices on motorways are up to 7.4 per cent higher than the national average caused, in part by the lack of competition.

And he has tabled a Parliamentary Question asking what assessment the government has made of the price of fuel on motorways and whether there are any plans to give drivers price comparisons.

"We need an end to this captive market," he said. "Drivers, who need petrol or diesel, are being held to ransom on the motorways because they are forced to use the service stations. If they knew the price of fuel at the next few services in advance it would give them a choice and it would force service stations to stay competitive, driving prices down."

The issue was raised in the House of Lords recently by Liberal Democrat Peer. Lord Steele and it was suggested that the Office of Fair Trading should investigate the issue.