Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Freight groups join forces to fight fuel price rises

The Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association, are joining forces to campaign for fairer fuel prices.

The bodies have joined the FairFuelUK Campaign which aims to have the fuel duty rise planned for April scrapped and for the Government to intervene and stabilise fuel prices.

Theo de Pencier, chief executive of the FTA, said: “The situation regarding fuel is threatening the whole economy. So many people are suffering. We feel that the general business community and the motoring public now have common cause with our industry. This campaign is the opportunity to put maximum pressure on the Government to win some form of concession to get the pressure off.”

Geoff Dunning, chief executive of the RHA, said: “The continuing rise in the price of fuel is a major threat to so many of our members. Many of these are the small and medium sized transport companies that form the back-bone of the UK road freight industry. Many of these companies have long and proud histories in the industry. With margins already squeezed to unsustainable levels many of these firms are threatened with going out of business.”

The campaign is being co-ordinated by Peter Carroll who is involved in the road freight industry and orchestrated the Gurkha Justice Campaign of 2009. The Campaign does not support any kind of blockading or other disruptive action.