MPs back FairFuelUK push for investigation into the price of diesel

Dozens of MPs across all parties have pledged their support to FairFuelUK’s (FFUK) campaign to force the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate fuel pricing at the pumps.

The 32 MPs are supporting FFUK’s demands for an investigation into why retailers continue to price diesel more than petrol at the pumps, despite the wholesale price of the former being 6p less than the latter.

The MPs are also backing the FFUK’s calls for the CMA to look at retail price changes in relation to oil cost fluctuations, commodity speculation, wholesale prices and distribution costs.

Howard Cox co-founder of FFUK said: “The RAC Foundation's latest figures clearly show that diesel drivers have been ripped off by more than a £0.25bn in the last six weeks at the pumps.

“This is brazen and unscrupulous profiteering by retailers exploiting 12 million motorists, white van drivers and the haulage industry."

Cox also threw down the gauntlet to the Petrol Retailers Association, demanding an explanation for its members’ pricing policies.

“FairFuelUK calls on Brian Madderson, head of the Petrol Retailers Association, to come clean as to why such opaque and maverick pricing practices amongst his members continue unchecked for all vehicle fuels,” he said.

Fuel duty was once again frozen in last week’s Emergency Budget.

By Carol Millett

Two die in separate agricultural tractor incidents, months after weight and speed increase

Two people have died in separate agricultural tractor incidents, just a few months after the government increased the permissible combination weights and speeds.

The first, on 5 July, occurred after a trailer became uncoupled from the tractor near Wigborough in Essex. A 79-year-old pedestrian was struck by the trailer and died at the scene.

The second incident occurred the following day in Camborne, Cornwall, in which a tractor towing a large trailer overturned at the entrance to a farm. The 42-year-old driver became trapped under the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.

Investigations of both incidents are now underway and police say the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

In March, the the FTA raised concerns about the weight increases and said they were happening “outside any sort of substantive regulatory framework”.

The DfT is planning a second phase of changes that would see a further consideration of weight and speed limits for agricultural tractor combinations, as well as a roadworthiness test for some of them by harvest 2016.

The DfT said that due to the recent election it had made no further progress on its plans.