September 19, 2012Posted in: Features, Lewis News, Western Isles
Island fuel campaign group Fair Fuel Solutions has hit out at the causes of the fuel shortages in Uist saying Scottish Fuels has again abused its monopoly position as it has not bothered to invest the excessive profits it is making in the islands by making sure their its own depots there are fit for use. The campaign group insists the distributor had an absolute responsibility to make sure its facilities were up to the legal standard.
FFS spokesman Calum Ian Macmillan said: “Even while charging the highest fuel prices in Europe and taking it in by sea tanker, the cheapest form of distribution, Scottish Fuels seems unable to ensure a viable supply to the Uists. FFS will be raising the matter again with the Office of Fair Trading as there is a clear case to answer if the monopoly supplier cannot guarantee a regular fuel supply.”
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