FairFuelUK has welcomed an announcement by chancellor Rishi Sunak in today’s (3 March) spring Budget that the goverment is to again freeze fuel duty. Commented Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, secretary for the APPG for Fair Fuel: “It would be churlish not to thank the chancellor and the prime minister for maintaining the freeze in fuel duty for a 10th successive year. It has been a tortuous campaigning journey convincing the treasury year after year that this fiscal policy has […]
FairFuelUK (FFUK) co-founder Howard Cox has said he is “absolutely disgusted” with the Labour Party’s apparent disinterest in the issue of fuel prices, after a fringe event on the subject held at the Labour Party conference in Manchester attracted just a handful of attendants.
The government’s announcement last week that it is cutting the grants for plug-in vehicles makes very little difference to HGV operators on the simple basis that only three commercial vehicles with GVWs above 3.5 tonnes are currently eligible for any kind of grant support. These are the BYD Auto eDucato 4.25-tonne GVW van, the FUSO eCanter and the Paneltex Z75. There is no grant funding under the scheme for trucks over 12 tonnes GVW anyway.
Average truck operating costs have risen by a massive 75% since September 2000 while reported haulage rates were only 23% higher in July 2013 than back then, new cost figures from the RHA have shown.