FTA's fuel duty work with Government

Here are just some of the ways we've represented the interests of the road freight industry to Government.

Meetings with ministers
FTA has met regularly with ministers from the Department for Transport (DfT) in recent months, as well as Treasury Minister Danny Alexander, to discuss the impact of fuel duty, along with other issues. There's a regular dialogue with different ministers and senior civil servants from different departments, which we will continue to grow over the coming months.

Politician meetings
Each year, FTA holds around 100 different meetings with politicians from every corner of the UK and almost every point on the political spectrum. Fuel duty is a regular topic of discussion and we're always working to increase industry’s coalition of support on this issue inside Parliament. FTA will be in Parliament regularly to discuss these issues and you can read more about this work on the FTA website and in Freight magazine.

Profile raising of fuel duty
In a variety of different formats, and particularly as part of FairFuelUK, FTA has played a key role in a variety of different events designed to keep the public's attention focused on fuel duty. FTA has pushed a truck down Whitehall, hand delivered petitions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and worked with MPs on several Westminster debates, among other activities to keep the media interest in fuel duty strong.

Budget submission
Ahead of each Budget, we compile our suggestions on the direction the Government should move to improve the trading conditions for freight. This sets out to ministers and key Government officials the FTA view on how each Budget should treat key issues such as fuel duty for the benefit of industry. In 2013 this submission was followed by the cancellation of September’s planned duty rise, followed by the announcement of the freezing of fuel duty until the next General Election in 2015.

All-Party Working Group
FFUK has been busy setting up a cross-party formal group of MPs in Westminster to make sure that the issues around fuel pricing stay high up on the political agenda. This will help industry and motorists work with politicians to raise the profile of fuel issues within Parliament by holding debates, receptions, press conferences and more. These events are then covered by the national media, keeping the issue as live outside Westminster as it is inside.