The PRA has won a significant victory in its campaign for the Government to overhaul the National Emergency Plan Fuels (NEPF) scheme.

Under the scheme there are about 700 Designated Filling Station (DFS) sites across England, Scotland and Wales which would receive road fuels supplies under emergency conditions.

However, PRA chairman Brian Madderson said that during the fuel crisis last March, when tanker drivers took industrial action, it became clear that the NEP-F scheme and the selection of the DFS sites was not "fit for purpose".

As a result PRA provided "constructive criticism" of the scheme to the Cabinet Office and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Madderson has now received a letter from Ed Davey, secretary of state at DECC, giving a commitment that his officials will work with the PRA to overhaul and improve the scheme.

In his letter Davey thanks Madderson for his support to DECC in preparing contingency plans and adds: "I agree that the NEPF should be reassessed in the light of last year’s experiences I would expect my officials to begin a review of the NEP-F this spring and I have asked them to ensure that they engage [PRA’s parent body] RMI through this process."