People in rural communities are paying too much for fuel and goods in local shops, according to the Office of Fair Trading. The government consumer watchdog talked to residents of Okehampton and Hatherleigh in Devon as part of a nationwide survey.
It found that high prices in shops and filling stations couldn't always be explained by their rural location. The OFT's report also calls for better internet links and favourable tax policies.
Demand for fuel across the region is putting supply depots under increased pressure as many filling stations are running dry within hours of being topped up. Here's our Plymouth Correspondent Jonathan Gibson.
The manager of one of Plymouth's two main fuel depots has said it could run dry if demand continues at the current rate.
Rob Brailsford, the depot manager for Chevron Texaco at Cattedown says it's "touch and go" if fuel supplies will last until the next shipment arrives at the start of next week. The depot normally supplies between 120 and 130 tankers of fuel a day but this has now risen to around 180.
Queues have continued to build at petrol stations across the south west this morning with drivers saying they're not prepared to take any chances.
Numerous filling stations in our region have reported running out of diesel and unleaded because of people panic-buying fuel, following the threat of a tanker drivers' strike. Yesterday the Government called on people to fill up their tanks in preparation.