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Disappointment after fuel duty freeze rather than cut

  • 05 December 2013
  • By Chris Druce

FairFuel UK (FFUK) has said it is “massively disappointed” by Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to freeze rather than cut fuel duty.

In the Autumn Statement today the Chancellor confirmed he had cancelled the planned 2ppl increase in fuel duty that was set to come into force next September 2014, as previously promised.

Howard Cox, head of FFUK (pictured), confirmed the campaign would continue to fight for a reduction in the cost of fuel at the pumps. Their had been specualtion that a cut might be offered today, although Cox had previously told CM that next year’s pre-General Election Budget remains its key focus.

The Freight Transport Association, a FFUK backer, said a freeze was “good but not good enough”.

The Pallet Network-member Transervice Logistix tweeted @rtm_CommMotor in response to the freeze:  “It is not a result for the industry, we need a reduction in duty!”

However, Steve Bowles, MD at Roy Bowles Transport, tweeted: “A great result for British hauliers and British industry.”

FFUK backer The Road Haulage Association added that while a freeze was welcome, a cut would have been better.

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