Fuel price rises worry for drivers squeezed by motoring costs, says Green Flag

12th January 2012

The rising cost of fuel, along with costs incurred by MOT checks and the replacement of tyres and other vehicles parts is a major concern, according to breakdown firm Green Flag.

These comments come despite chancellor George Osborne's move to scrap a 3 pence per litre rise in duty costs for UK motorists that was scheduled for January.

Instead, the rise is now set for August of this year, meaning any respite provided to motorists will be short-lived at best.

Speaking recently about the rising price of petrol, Green Flag spokesperson Miranda Schunke warned that haulage firms and drivers could be set to suffer as a result of the price rise.

"We urge the government to look at reducing fuel duty and cancel the increase planned for the summer to allow the public some respite," she said.

The planned fuel rise follows proposals put forward for the government for a change to the current MOT checking rules that would see tests undertaken every two years, instead of one.

Campaign group ProMOTe yesterday (January 11th) warned that drivers could face additional costs of £81 a year because of the change to MOT test rules.

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