Fuel duty pledge welcomed

The prime minister’s decision to “keep going” to block any rises in fuel duty before 2015 have been broadly welcomed. Speaking earlier in the week during a local election campaign, Mr Cameron indicated that there will be no more duty rises before the next general election, unless there is a sharp fall in the price of petrol. Mr Cameron said: “We have cancelled and delayed almost all of these fuel duty increases. We even cut fuel duty on one occasion. We will keep going to try and keep those fuel duty increases off, recognising that it is the really big bills that people really care about and want help with.” FairFuelUK spokesman, Quentin Wilson, was happy with the government’s decision: “The Prime Minister's recent promise to keep fuel duty down will come as an enormous relief to haulage companies all over the UK.” Despite applauding the government’s decision, the Road Haulage Association Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning, felt that UK hauliers still have a rough deal: “Of course we welcome the news that there is little prospect of any duty rises before the next general election in 2015. But the fact remains that UK hauliers are still paying the highest levels of fuel duty in Europe and this is an issue that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.” “Our members have to watch every penny; they can’t afford not to. This is an industry where any increase in the price of fuel or the rate of fuel duty can mean make or break”, he concluded.