FairFuelUK repeats call for cut in fuel duty

FairFuelUK repeats call for cut in fuel duty

In advance of the Chancellor’s Spring Statement on Wednesday (March 13) campaign group FairFuelUK, is asking for a cut in fuel duty and more recognition for the difference the UK’s 37 million drivers make, and continue to make, to the economy and society. 

FairFuel UK, which is backed Road Haulage Association, the Freight Transport Association and other influential road user groups, said road users deliver the 4- 5th largest revenue income to the Treasury but, even with nine years of a freeze in fuel duty, UK drivers remain the highest taxed in the world. 

According to FairFuelUK's latest survey, 9 out of 10 responders want a cut in fuel duty and the group, with its 1.7 million supporters, has repeated it long-term call to the Chancellor to cut fuel duty in the lifetime of this parliament, set up an independent PumpWatch body, allocate significantly more investment in roads infrastructure and produce a long-term roads transport plan. 

Douglas Ross, MP for Moray and new Chair of the APPG for FairFuel for Motorists and Hauliers, said: "It’s right that we recognise this Conservative Government has kept fuel duty frozen. This is a major issue in the Moray area I represent, and across the UK. While freezing fuel duty has been important, there is still more the Government can do to support drivers, as our fuel remains one of the highest taxed anywhere in the world.’

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, Chairman of the Education Select Committee and Vice Chair of the APPG for FairFuel, said: "The Chancellor has kept fuel duty frozen, but he could really end the war on motorists by making fuel duty lower, and ensuring fair prices at the pump, via a PumpWatch regulator, to stop greedy oil companies taking motorists for fuels, even when the international oil price falls.”

Quentin Willson, TV motoring journalist and FairFuelUK campaigner, said: ‘”Demonising half the electorate because they depend on personal mobility isn’t politically wise or fair. Those 37 million drivers have no choice.”

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK campaign said: "The continuing fiscal exploitation of the easiest of cash cows irritates drivers greatly. It’s why our politicos must learn quickly that our motoring economy is teetering on more than an uncertain technological and tax funding future, it’s being steadily destroyed by out of touch and highly financed ignoramuses advising our Government for pure political gain.”