Pressure group FairFuelUK (FFUK) has called on the UK’s decision makers to make better use of technology in reducing road transport emissions further, rather than using the blunt instrument of increased taxation. FFUK was responding to a recent report, The unintended consequences of freezing fuel duty, written by former government transport advisor Professor David Begg on behalf of Greener Journeys. The report, which calls for a fuel duty increase, claims the government’s seven-year freeze has caused an extra 4.5 million […]
The Chancellor turned his back on the road transport industry in the Budget, announcing August’s 3.02ppl increase in fuel duty will stay. MT takes a look at the economic case against this decision. The price of bulk diesel has climbed 18.9% in the past 18 months, to reach a record high of 117ppl. Meanwhile, companies have continued to go to the wall, with Hull-based AR Lunn the latest failure. Predictably, rising fuel costs were a main reason why 115 employees […]
FairFuelUK launched its election manifesto at the House of Commons today, with a succession of MPs pledging to support the influential lobby group’s seven main campaign objectives. These include a 3p cut in fuel duty to help stimulate economic growth, bringing UK fuel duty in line with other European Union countries and an independent inquiry into manipulation of the fuel supply market by speculators. Conservative MP Jason McCartney, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Fuel, centre, and […]
Operators face a potential triple whammy in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 25 November with cuts to spending on local roads, the DVSA’s enforcement budget and an increase in fuel duty on the cards.