FTA welcomes Labour's call for scrapping of 3p fuel duty rise Tue Jun 26 12:39:00 BST 2012

"FTA applauds the Labour Party's support for stopping the fuel duty increase in August."

James Hookham, FTA's Managing Director - Policy & Communications

The Freight Transport Association is delighted at the news that the Labour Party has today joined in the call for all MPs to unite to see the August 3p fuel duty hike scrapped.

The announcement is positive news for FairFuelUK, the FTA backed campaign, which has been lobbying the Government for the past year in order to stop planned fuel duty increases and fight for lower fuel prices, and working with politicians of all Parties over recent months to build cross-party support on this issue.

James Hookham, FTA's Managing Director – Policy & Communications said: "FTA applauds the Labour Party's support for stopping the fuel duty increase in August. The welcome recent falls in the price of oil are largely responsible for sustaining levels of consumer spending in the economy. The proposed 3p a litre increase in fuel duty will wipe out these gains and mire the country in recession unless it is stopped. With exports to Europe waning because of the Eurozone crisis we need fuel duty reductions, not increases, to revitalise growth."

FairFuelUK is supported by over a quarter of a million members of the public, and was created by road hauliers and motoring organisations as a result of spiralling fuel costs which have a devastating impact on haulage businesses, their customers and ultimately everyone through the prices on the shelves.

Quentin Willson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK said: "We welcome the fact that the Labour Party is now throwing its weight behind scrapping the rise."

"Hiking fuel duty by 3p per litre on 1 August makes no sense either politically or economically. Hitting families and hard pressed businesses with this rise when we are back in recession will be a toxic issue for voters. Dozens of coalition MPs know in their hearts and their heads that this rise is ill advised and unnecessary," concluded Willson.

The campaign began as a result of the cost of fuel soaring over the course of 2011, and with the impending threat that the Government is set to raise fuel duty by 3.02 pence per litre on 1 August 2012, FairFuelUK is working with supportive MPs who are aiming to table a new clause which would see the rise abandoned.

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