FTA and the FairFuelUK Campaign

FairFuelUKIn January 2011 the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) joined forces with the FairFuelUK (FFUK) campaign to urge Government to scrap the fuel duty rise due for April and find a way to keep future fuel prices stable. The campaign was originally co-ordinated ahead of the March Budget and was successful in persuading the Government not to proceed with increases planned for April 2011, January 2012 and August 2012; the latter starved off a second time ahead of January 2013 and most recently in September 2013. Whilst the campaign has been successful in harnessing the intense public feeling on the cost of fuel; the fact that so many duty increases have been scheduled and needed to be fought off demonstrates how ingrained the impulse to raise fuel duty has been for Government in recent years.

Fuel accounts for over 40 per cent of all business transport costs. You don’t need to be a mathematician to work out that if fuel costs are allowed to rocket up ever skyward then companies that are already struggling to stay afloat are going to go under. We cannot allow this to happen and it is in the Government’s gift to do something about it. Fuel duty is, after all, some 24ppl more expensive in the UK on average than in other EU member states.

FairFuelUK is also keen to get to the heart of why the sharp fuel price rises felt so keenly by businesses and motorists in recent years took place, and is already campaigning for clarity in fuel pricing. In essence; FTA and FFUK want to know why, when the price of oil goes sharply up, so too does the price at the pump. However, when it comes down the fall in pump price is much slower. The reason behind this is currently far from clear.

With many tens of thousands of people already signed up to supporting FairFuelUK, genuine cross-party and nationwide political support and the backing of well-respected business trade bodies and motorist groups, we are well placed to continue influencing to achieve a fairer deal on fuel. Despite the success of the Chancellor's decision to postpone the fuel duty hike planned for January 2013, with the base price of oil continuing to rise, there is still work to do. Click here to send a message to your MP, asking them to meet with FTA and the Fair Fuel UK team in Room T of Portcullis House to discuss the impact of high fuel prices in their community; and to contact the Chancellor urging him to meet with FTA and work with industry for a sustainable future for business on fuel duty.
 

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