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Fuel price top concern for Pall-Ex members in 2014

  • 30 January 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Pall-Ex members have named the cost of fuel as the top priority to be addressed in 2014, expressing concerns that the government does not do enough to support the haulage industry.

In a survey of approximately 100 members, every respondent but one said the price of fuel was a major problem, which the network believes is “unnecessary strangulation” on growth in the sector and the economy.

Pall-Ex estimates that diesel at the current fuel duty rate of 58ppl costs hauliers up to £450 per truck per day.

Respondents also said that they felt the government undervalues the role of road haulage in the economy.

Pall-Ex CEO Hilary Devey said: “Transport is the foundation of a strong infrastructure. Whether personal journeys or commercial haulage, road transport leads to more money spent elsewhere in the economy. If the costs of products and services are reduced as a result of cheaper transport, the economic benefits are enhanced.”

Devey said a reduction in fuel costs would be good news for both national and local economies, helping hauliers survive and continue to employ staff.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/pall-ex-members-name-fuel-prices-as-top-concern-for-2014