FairFuelUK heads to Downing Street to call for fuel duty cut
FairFuelUK (FFUK) will today hand a letter in to the prime minister at 10 Downing Street calling for a cut in fuel duty in this month’s Budget.
FFUK spokesman Quentin Willson will be joined by MPs from all parties, as well as representatives of the campaign’s backers the RAC, Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, Association of Pallet Networks and latest member UKLPG.
The letter, on behalf of FFUK’s 500,000 supports and the UK’s 32 million road users reads:
Dear prime minister,
Since 2011 the combined efforts of FairFuelUK, Robert Halfon MP and the chancellor have kept fuel duty down and shown a positive reduction in inflation. More importantly those efforts have helped millions of families and businesses survive the recession and contribute towards the nascent economic recover. Had fuel duty been left alone diesel would now be near £1.65 a litre and there would be little talk of a brightening economy.
As you’ve said at PMQs, your government is the only one to have reduced fuel duty and your clear awareness of the debilitating effects of rising transport costs in a road economy is to be warmly congratulated. But FairFuelUK and the 100 MPs like Robert who have been such staunch supporters since 2011, believe there’s more to be done.
We are calling on you to support a 3p duty cut that will continue to bolster the economic recovery. And that recovery so far has been bankrolled by consumer spending and not by industry or manufacturing. In this week’s ComRes Poll, amongst 2,032 adults, two thirds (69%) say that they would like to see the Government reduce the level of fuel duty in the next budget by at least 1p. Three in five (59%) would like a reduction of at least 3p, while a third (31%) want a reduction of 10p. We also know 67% of the population use their cars for essential food shopping and 50% use their cars for work.
To give these large numbers of consumers greater disposable spending power by reducing fuel duty seems an obvious fiscal duty and a logical continuation of the good work already done by all of us. I take the liberty of highlighting some of the important headlines to the campaign that you may not be familiar with, which I hope will show why you should support a 3p duty cut in the forthcoming Budget. A tax change we have also proven to the Treasury to be self-financing.
The FairFuelUK Campaign
CV Show 2014: Bridgestone about more than just tyres
Although there will be tyres on the Bridgestone stand, the theme this year will be “Total Tyre Care - more than tyres”.
The range of services on show will be built around three pillars - Total Tyre Life, Total Tyre Services and Total Tyre Systems – and will include Bridgestone’s tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), breakdown services, tyre management and Bandag retreads.
Bridgestone’s TPMS is a simple retrofit system using intelligent valve caps that transmit pressure and temperature readings to sensors as the vehicle drives past a gate post or to a handheld reader. One major user – Arla – has seen a dramatic reduction in tyre wear and fuel consumption as a result.
The tyres on show will be the company’s new range of 295/80 regional steer tyres designed for the heavier axle loads associated with Euro-6 trucks. Bridgestone said that while there may be a trend towards 315/70 tyres for Euro-6 so far the mileage of these smaller tyres has not matched that achieved by conventional tyres. It will also have on show a new upgraded 385/65 trailer tyre, fuel efficient 315/70 steer and drive tyres and a range of LCV tyres and Bandag retreads.
To promote the new tyres, it will have a golf simulator on the stand where the longest drive each day will win a set of drive tyres.