Disappointment after fuel duty freeze rather than cut

FairFuel UK (FFUK) has said it is "massively disappointed" by Chancellor George Osborne's decision to freeze rather than cut fuel duty.

In the Autumn Statement today the Chancellor confirmed he had cancelled the planned 2ppl increase in fuel duty that was set to come into force next September 2014, as previously promised.

Howard Cox, head of FFUK (pictured), confirmed the campaign would continue to fight for a reduction in the cost of fuel at the pumps. Their had been specualtion that a cut might be offered today, although Cox had previously told CM that next year's pre-General Election Budget remains its key focus.

The Freight Transport Association, a FFUK backer, said a freeze was "good but not good enough".

The Pallet Network-member Transervice Logistix tweeted @rtm_CommMotor in response to the freeze:  "It is not a result for the industry, we need a reduction in duty!"

However, Steve Bowles, MD at Roy Bowles Transport, tweeted: "A great result for British hauliers and British industry."

FFUK backer The Road Haulage Association added that while a freeze was welcome, a cut would have been better.

Out now! Commercial Motor 5 December

This week’s issue of Commercial Motor is out today (5 December). In this issue, Wimbledon-based ELB Partners tells CM the tragic story of how one of their drivers was involved in a fatal collision with a cyclist.

This week’s issue also includes:

  • What steps you need to take if one of your vehicles spills toxic chemicals - and fast;
  • After over 50 years since it was established, Edwin C Farrall Transport explains how keeping compliance a priority has helped it stay in operation;
  • CM looks at trends in multi-wheelers and tractor units in the second part of our analysis of 2012’s truck registration data;
  • Why more operators are choosing to rent or lease their vehicles over owning their assets;
  • In the news: Boris to launch a consultation on the Safer Lorry Charge, A14 toll road plan is dropped, and the industry fears more Severn toll rises.

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