Plea for no increase on fuel duty
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is backing a campaign to reduce fuel costs, and urging the government not to raise diesel duty for the second time in six months.
VAT on fuel went up by 2p per litre in October 2007. The FPB believes that a similar rise in April will further harm many small hauliers and businesses that rely on freight transport for deliveries and supplies.
The FPB is joining the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in calling on the government not to raise firms’ fuel bills, and reverse the previous increase. Both are also seeking longer-term solutions to problems caused by the volatility of the oil market and the lower rate of VAT on fuel enjoyed by UK firms’ competitors elsewhere in Europe.“The Government should learn from its previous experience of fuel protests.