A protest spear headed by Peter Carroll and motoring journalist Quentin Wilson will today descend on Parliament some 1,000 people strong; including motoring organisations and lorry drivers. The protest will also include a presentation to No. 10.
The Fair Fuel UK Campaign has declared today National Fair Fuel Day at a time when fuel is currently at a record high of 137.44ppl. A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) declares that even cuts of just 2.5ppl on fuel duty would create around 180,000 new employment opportunities.
FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Wilson and founder Peter Carrol met with Treasury Minister Chloe Smith last week to convey the findings of the CEBR, after separate findings showed that drivers in the UK were paying the highest fuel taxes in Europe.
Quentin Willson stated:”We have shared the findings of this report with MPs and ministers. However, with only weeks to go to the Budget, we are concerned that the Government is not listening and not taking on board the significance of these findings.”
Mr Wilson went on to say: “For months, the Government has been wheeling out the same old argument that it ‘can’t afford to cut duty’. Here is concrete evidence that it can make such a cut. Families and businesses are being crushed by these cruel levels of tax – 82p on every litre we buy. It’s damaging the economy and holding back growth.”
He also added: “The people are clamouring for the Government to look at fuel duty. This research shows that a cut in fuel duty won’t cost the Treasury a penny. It can cut duty and do any of the other options if it so wishes.
“So it is wrong of the Government to say it’s a choice between a fuel duty cut and other measures. It can, and should, cut fuel duty now.” Mr Wilson concluded.