The government will not go ahead with the 3p per litre rise in duel duty in August
The government will not go ahead with the 3p per litre rise in fuel duty in August. Even though there will be no increase it is only a postponement until January next year. The decision follows a campaign by road users' groups, who argued the increase would damage the economy.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said "this is good news for drivers and good news for the country. Given that tax makes up around 60% of the pump price, falls in the price of oil were only ever going to go so far in easing the financial burden on motorists."
Quentin Wilson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK, said "this is democracy at its very best where a government and a chancellor can review decisions, and act with fairness and common sense. Businesses and hard-working families across this country will breathe a grateful sigh of relief, at least for the rest of this year." FairFuelUK is supported by over a quarter of a million members of the public and was created by road hauliers and motoring organisations as a result of spiralling fuel costs which have a devastating impact on haulage businesses, their customers and ultimately everyone through the prices on the shelves.
The FairFuelUK Campaign began as a result of the cost of fuel soaring over the course of 2011, and has been campaigning against the threat that the government was set to raise fuel duty by 3.02 pence per litre on 1 August 2012.