RHA calls for MP support on Fuel Duty campaign

30th May 2012

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has issued a rallying cry to MPs calling on them to pledge their support to the organisation's campaign to get the upcoming rise in fuel duty scrapped.

There is now just over two months to go until the proposed 3p per litre rise in fuel duty is introduced in the UK, with the official date for the change set at August 1st.

The RHA has long called for the plans to be scrapped, warning that the increased costs will put growing pressure on the haulage industry, which is already operating on tight margins.

So far a total of 28 MPs have pledged their support to calls for the scrapping of the plans, but with time running out RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning has admitted the campaign needs more endorsement still.

"Since October 2010, every penny increase has added £398 a year to a haulier’s operating costs – that has meant an increase of £5,218 per truck per year relating to fuel," he said.

He called for immediate action from members and those opposed to the increase.

"We are calling on our members to contact their MP as a matter of extreme urgency in order to swell the numbers of those at Westminster who are prepared to support the cause”.

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Posted by Danielle Barge