UKLPG joins FairFuelUK in call for fuel duty cut

Liquified petroleum gas association UKLPG has joined FairFuelUK (FFUK) as a headline backer of the campaign.

Along with the other campaign backers it has called for the chancellor to consider making alternative fuel more affordable, along with a cut in general fuel duty, in his Budget next month.

FFUK backers the Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) and the RAC want to see a 3ppl cut in fuel duty.

FFUK founder Howard Cox said it has proven to the Treasury that a 3ppl cut, rather than a fuel duty freeze, will be “fiscally self-financing.”

James Hookham, FTA’s MD of policy and communications, said: “The issue of high fuel prices has not gone away, and there are still constraints on growth and economic expansion.  The chancellor would give a real boost to balancing the economy by reducing fuel duty by 3p per litre.”

UKLPG and FFUK believes that chancellor George Osborne should have included LPG autogas alongside LNG and CNG  in having its fuel duty differential maintained until 2024 in his Autumn Statement last year.

UKLPG’s director of communication and external affairs Lisa Thomson said: “The LPG industry fully supports FairFuelUK’s campaign to urge the government to maintain the lower fuel duty for automotive LPG beyond 2015, to encourage continued take up of this low carbon, low emission fuel.”

The FTA also urged the chancellor to re-instate the duty differential for used cooking oil as fuel for commercial vehicles.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has also asked the government to encourage operators to use ultra-low emission vehicles in the Budget by reinstating First Year Allowances for certain low emission goods vehicles. This allows users to make a claim for up to 100% of the cost of vehicles against business profits.

Chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “The Budget is the perfect opportunity for the government to prove it is committed to driving the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles.”

The chancellor will announce his Budget on 19 March. In the Autumn Statement the chancellor froze rather than cut fuel duty.

FairFuelUK has said that The Fuelcard Company and Aldermore have both ended their roles as major backers of the campaign.

Howard Cox said: “I would like to thank both Aldermore and the Fuelcard Company who helped us in stopping £30 billion in taxes being hiked on UK road users during the life of this parliament."

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