11) Geoff Dunning, chief exec, RHA and 12) Theo de Pencier, chief exec, FTA While the year-end disappointment of the failure to get a cut in fuel duty may rankle, with hindsight the joint campaigning between the industry’s pre-eminent trade associations (fronted by the FairFuelUK lobby) may be seen as a masterstroke. During this time of “austerity Britain”; “We’re all in it together” and “fixing the roof while the sun shines” holding off a lucrative tax rise for the Treasury […]
Home delivery specialist Hermes has branded the Chancellor’s decision to implement a 3ppl rise in fuel duty as “a disaster for the haulage sector”. Jon Tobbell, commercial director at Hermes, says: “Whilst we welcome the freeze in Vehicle Excise Duty, it pales into significance when compared to the pain being experienced by hauliers as a result of the rising price of fuel. “At Hermes we have seen a 30% increase in fuel costs and now spend well over £10m annually. […]
The HGV driver shortage is still rife, the FTA has warned, after its latest quarterly industry survey found almost a third of operators are facing long-term recruitment delays.