FairFuelUK launches "last ditch attempt" to scrap 16p/ gallon fuel tax increases
All FairFuelUK supporters right across the UK are being asked to contact their MP by email to put pressure on the Treasury for a "cut in fuel duty" not just another freeze. @[email protected]
Jakes de Kock, The Fuelcard Company’s Marketing director, confirmed not implementing a freeze could mean the end for many hauliers. “This level of taxation simply can not be maintained by the UK’s hauliers who have already implemented as many fuel-efficient practises as possible yet are still being financially squeezed to the point of no return.
He said: 'Ministers want economic growth, yet they’re shackling the fleet industry through unsustainable taxation. This is forcing businesses to turn down work because the high cost of fuel means there is no profit to be made.'
Quentin Willson (Inset), Spokesperson for FairFuelUK, said: ‘It seems likely that the Government will confirm in next weeks Budget plans to add 16p a gallon in extra fuel duty and VAT. With the economy on its knees, with millions of families and businesses at breaking point, with petrol & diesel prices at record levels – this seems economic and social madness.
'It is doubly frustrating that we have commissioned independent research from the highly respected Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) that clearly shows the Government can cut fuel duty and not lose any tax revenue overall. Even a modest cut of 2.5p per litre would create 175,000 new jobs in the first year and boost GDP by 0.33%.
'The taxes from this extra growth compensate for any perceived loss of fuel duty. It is very frustrating that so many politicians are talking about every tax – the mansion tax, personal thresholds, VAT, the 50p rate – and so few are talking about the one tax that is right at the top of the agenda for families and businesses. It is particularly disappointing that it appears only about 50 MPs have downloaded the research so far,' he continued.
Quentin Willson added, ‘To confirm the 16p hike in fuel taxes in this Budget would be cruel and brutal. Our website is flooded with stories of personal suffering and business failures caused by these unsustainable prices. The Government seeks to blame Oil prices. They are trying to duck the central point that the Government currently takes a massive 82p per litre in tax on every litre and wants to raise that to 85p per litre. There is a growing feeling that the Government is not listening to people on this vital issue. We are asking all our supporters to email and write to their MPs to persuade them to avert this disaster’.