Bid to cut motorway fuel prices

Plans designed to reduce petrol prices at motorway service stations and a freeze on the cost of the MoT test have been announced by the Government. A crackdown on whiplash injury fraud is also part of the driver-friendly package.

Labour: Government plans 'cold comfort for motorists'

The shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has dismissed the Government's plans to cut petrol prices at motorway service stations and a freeze on the cost of the MoT test:

David Cameron’s cost of living crisis has pushed up the price of owning and running a car.

These announcements will be cold comfort for motorists being squeezed on the road and at home.

Prices have gone up faster than wages in 39 of the 40 months while he has been Prime Minister and working people are almost £1,500 a year worse off.

Greater transparency in fuel prices welcomed

The AA has long campaigned for motorway fuel prices to be displayed at the start of motorways, as they do in France, so that the driver can make an informed choice on where to fill up.

Prices can be 10p per litre more expensive than can be obtained from supermarket pumps or where there is greater local competition for topping up drivers' fuel tanks.

Whilst we understand that Motorway Service Areas have higher running costs, we welcome Government moves for greater transparency in fuel prices.

– Edmund King, AA president

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Bid to tackle bogus driving compensation claims

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said whiplash cheats, whose bogus compensation claims have helped to force up average motor insurance premiums, will be targeted by new independent medical panels which will ensure only evidence from accredited professionals can be considered.

We are turning the tide on the compensation culture and helping hard-working people by tackling high insurance premiums and other motoring costs.

It's not right that people who cheat the insurance system get away with it while forcing up the price for everyone else - so we are now going after whiplash fraudsters and will keep on driving premiums down.

Plans designed to reduce petrol prices on the motorway

Plans designed to reduce petrol prices at motorway service stations and a freeze on the cost of the MoT test have been announced by the Government.

A crackdown on whiplash injury fraud is also part of the driver-friendly package to be introduced from next year.

Plans designed to reduce petrol prices at motorway service stations have been announced by the Government. Credit: PA Wire

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the statutory maximum price of the MoT test for a car will be frozen at £54.85 until 2015 - potentially saving up to £50 million for drivers every year.

He said new comparison road signs will be trialled which will show prices at different service stations along a route, making it easier for drivers to get the cheapest deal and encouraging competition on prices.