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MPs back FairFuelUK motion

  • 16 November 2011
  • By Laura Hailstone

A majority of MPs last night (16 November) backed a motion calling for the government to act now on crippling fuel prices.

Yesterday’s long awaited fuel debate in the House of Commons saw a high turn out of cross party support with 35 MPs getting the chance to make impassioned pleas on behalf of their constituents during the four-hour Back Bench session.

“It was extremely encouraging to hear those present give such a positive response to such a vital issue,” says Road Haulage Association chief executive Geoff Dunning.

The debate was triggered by the FairFuelUK e-petition reaching over 100,000 signatures in September. Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, and FFUK supporter, opened the debate, which called for MPs to vote in favour of a scrapping of the planned January fuel duty rise along with a long term mechanism to stabilise fuel prices.

“There can be no doubt now about the seriousness of this issue,” says Halfon. “Millions of members of the public, thousands of businesses and over 100 Parliamentarians have made it clear to the government that fuel duty needs to go down and not increase next year.”

Many of the MPs speaking at the debate cited the harmful effect fuel duty is having on the road haulage industry.
“The pressures under which hauliers operate was stressed by several MPs; it’s good to know that all the hard [campaigning] work is finally paying off,” says Dunning.

“However, we cannot yet regard the abolition of January’s proposed duty increase as a done deal. There is still a long way to go but we are delighted that yesterday’s debate has shown that the voice speaking in our favour is louder than ever before.”  

Theo de Pencier, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, adds: “We have achieved a new level of engagement with MPs on this issue, but government needs to act now to kickstart our economy; scrapping the fuel duty rises planned for 2012 would be an excellent start.”


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