FTA Budget submission 2017

In its Spring Budget submission, FTA has called on the Government to:

1. Ensure that Brexit negotiations enhance the UK economy by:

  • minimising the burdens placed on businesses moving goods globally. British goods need to be no more costly to export or burdened with any more red tape than they are now
  • delivering access to services serving global destinations through a truly global airport hub such as Heathrow
  • facilitating access to staff from outside the UK – particularly where there are quantifiable labour shortages in the British market

2. Stimulate UK economic growth and protect economic activity by:

  • reducing road fuel duty by three pence per litre, with commensurate reductions in the duty rate for gas oil
  • supporting, at a national fiscal level, efforts to meet the UK’s local air quality targets to prevent an unsustainable burden falling on small businesses
  • reinstating the duty differential for used cooking oil as a bio-fuel in commercial vehicles

3. Help industry to tackle the current skills shortage by:

  • ensuring that the Apprenticeship Levy – and the training funding it will provide – is flexible enough to meet businesses’ needs
  • providing a policy framework and sufficient funding to support the provision of new and improved roadside facilities for drivers

4. Ensure the UK has the infrastructure networks necessary to support a growing economy by:

  • protecting the Road Investment Strategy and ensuring it continues to provide sufficient funding to deliver the full approved programme of road improvements
  • protecting revenue budgets to allow for improved maintenance of existing roads on both the strategic and local authority road networks
  • protecting funding for the Strategic (rail) Freight Network
  • expediting the construction of an additional runway at Heathrow

Read the FTA submission here.