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Fuel duty battle is the one the industry must win, says FTA

  • 31 January 2013
  • By Chris Druce

FairFuelUK (FFUK) backer the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has dismissed the Office of Fair Trading’s decision not to investigate the UK fuels market as a distraction, stating a cut in fuel duty remains the key target for the industry.

James Hookham, FTA MD policy and communications, said: “This report from the OFT won’t change anything, and FTA believes it is only a distraction from the real issue of fuel duty and the chancellor still has to do something.”

It comes after FFUK called on its supporters to redouble their efforts as it attempts to ramp up the pressure on the government to cut fuel duty in 2013.

After a recent meeting of the campaign’s major backers, FFUK founder Peter Carroll told CM that the group would adopt a two-pronged attack this year.

The first part will see it put the government under pressure to issue a formal response to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research-produced report that it delivered to the coalition ahead of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement last year.

“The report has already demonstrated that a cut would not cost the Treasury as much as it thinks, but would boost economic activity. Therefore, we’ll be pushing hard for a minimum 3ppl cut,” Carroll said.

The second part is to maintain the campaign’s momentum. “We have 348,000 people signed up to the campaign but it’s imperative this number keeps growing. I urge all backers of the campaign to email contacts, colleagues and friends and get them to sign up too,” he said.

FFUK recently celebrated the recruitment of a major new backer, the Association of Pallet Networks.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/fuel-duty-battle-is-the-one-the-industry-must-win-says-fta