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PetrolPromise MP makes case for fair fuel in Parliament

  • 18 July 2012
  • By Chris Druce

Robert Halfon MP has urged the government to make petrol prices more transparent, in a speech in the Houses of Parliament.

Paying tribute to campaign group FairFuel UK, the Conservative MP who fronts campaign website, described fuel duty as a “stealth tax” yesterday (17 July) in the House of Commons.

He called on the government to change the law, so that the level of fuel duty and the amount spent on roads would be shown on every single garage receipt. At present, these figures are invisible, disguising the fact that fuel duty and VAT together make up more than 60% of pump prices, he argued.

With just one fifth of the money raised by motoring tax spent on Britain’s roads, Halfon hopes greater transparency would “stop governments hiking fuel prices without a compelling case”.

“We need basic transparency on fuel duty, about what people pay, and where the money goes. This would be more honest; it would be a deterrent against tax-rises; and it would add pressure on the oil companies to be fair,” Halfon said.

The Road Haulage Association has also called for transparency in the oil market, in response to a report for G20 finance ministers suggested the benchmarking of wholesale fuel prices could be open to abuse.


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