Chancellor postpones fuel duty rise

26th June 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has today (June 26th) announced that the government will not go ahead with a planned increase in fuel duty.

The coalition had been set to introduce a 3p-a-litre rise from August 1st, however the plans have now been postponed following successful lobbying from the Freight Transport Authority (FTA), among others.

The FTA has long been campaigning for the scrapping of a planned 3p fuel duty increase. Operating under the FairFuelUK campaign over the past year, they lobbied the government to halt plans for a rise in fuel duty, calling instead for lower prices across the industry.

Over time the FairFuelUK campaign group grew with over 250,000 members of the public, as well as road haulage firms and motoring organisations pledging their support.

Their concerns focused on the devastating impact the planned increase would have had on haulage businesses, customers and drivers at large.

“Hiking fuel duty by 3p per litre on August 1st makes no sense either politically or economically," FairFuelUK national spokesman Quentin Willson explained earlier this week.

The past few months have seen the FTA working solidly to build cross party support on the issue of fuel prices, with Labour lending its support to the cause earlier today.

This proved to be a decisive step, with the opposition party threatening to force a House of Commons vote on the issue, before Mr Osborne agreed to implement the freeze on duty.

"We are on the side of working families and businesses and this will fuel our recovery at this very difficult economic time for the world," the chancellor said.

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