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FairFuel UK achieves Treasury recognition

  • 18 June 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

FairFuelUK is confident the government finally understands the financial pressure hauliers face from high prices at the pumps,  and that it is now more receptive to the campaign’s lobbying to cut fuel duty.

This new-found confidence follows a meeting at the Treasury last week (9 June), where chief finance secretary Danny Alexander presented findings from the government’s own fuel duty dynamic modelling – which mirrored that of FairFuel’s long-held campaign – that a cut in fuel duty would boost jobs, GDP and economic activity.

Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, told “The minister showed great empathy to the issue of high prices at the pumps for the haulage industry.

“He and the Treasury now fully agree that cutting fuel duty is good for the economy. This change of fiscal heart is down to the FairFuelUK’s unstinting campaigning and the immense support of the Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association and the Association of Pallet Networks.”

Cox added that the campaign still has a “long way to go” in its quest to see fuel duty lowered, however, he believed the government would now be more willing to listen.

Motoring journalist and FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Wilson (pictured, left, with Danny Alexander) attended the meeting at the Treasury alongside Cox.

This article first appeared in Commercial Motor print edition 12 June.
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