Fuel costs ‘rip-off’

RURAL communities in East Anglia, including farmers, are being “ripped off” by huge fuel costs, a landowners’ body has warned.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) assistant regional director, Tim Isaac, said: “Rural dwellers are being ripped off by huge fuel costs, but because of a lack of public transport in many rural areas of East Anglia, farmers, other business people and individuals have no alternative.”

He pointed out that although many rural residents own 4x4s as a matter of necessity, they are still taxed over and above what most other drivers pay.

Rural motorists had no choice because of a lack of public transport, the CLA says.