FTA pressing Chancellor for Budget fuel tax cut

Amid rumours that the Chancellor of the Exchequer may raise fuel duty in his first Budget of the new parliament on 8th July, despite past promises, the chief executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), David Wells, has written to George Osborne asking him not to renege on his promise to hold current levels until September.

FTA is repeating its call for a freeze or cut on fuel duty ahead of the FairFuelUK campaign’s Pre-Budget Reception event at the House of Commons tomorrow.  In his pre-Budget submission to Mr Osborne, Mr Wells has also called for funding for driver training to alleviate the shortage crisis and more investment in the road network.

“The Prime Minister and the Chancellor both continue to emphasise that the Government’s primary objective is to protect the UK economy.  We believe that reducing fuel duty would make a huge contribution to this objective and we urge him to announce a cut in his Budget,” said Mr Wells.

“Efficient and reliable infrastructure networks are essential for a growing economy and we want reassurance that the Roads Investment Strategy will be protected.  Highways England and local authorities also need enhanced budgets if they are to deliver much-needed maintenance programmes to the existing network.”