The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has so far received the backing of 28 MPs in its quest to get the proposed 3p per litre rise in fuel duty, due on 1st August 2012, scrapped. MPs from across the party spectrum have come out and pledged their support for the RHA’s campaign. Since October 2010, for every penny pump prices have gone up, almost £400 is added to a haulier’s operating cost – which, with the increases that have occurred in the last few years, has equated to additional costs of more than £5000 per truck per year purely on fuel.
The RHA’s Chief Executive Geoff Dunning said, “It’s great news that these MPs have come out in support of scrapping the August 3ppl increase”.
“Of course we welcome the current decrease in the price of diesel but we cannot be complacent.” “We must see the August rise abandoned and we are calling on our members to contact their MP as a matter of extreme urgency in order to swell the numbers of those at Westminster who are prepared to support the cause”, he concluded.”