Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

MPs to debate fuel duty

There is to be a full debate on fuel duty in the House of Commons. The Back Bench Business Committee granted the formal main chamber debate after the Fair Fuel UK e-petition reached 100,000 signature.

The campaign is backed by Robert Halfon MP and is supported by all the main transport industry organisations.

Freight Transport Association chief Theo de Pencier said: “Our e-Petition shows the depth of feeling and support for an overhaul of government fuel duty policy. It’s not just motorists feeling the pain at the pumps; businesses are being forced to make redundancies or face insolvency in the face of higher transport costs.

“This issue goes beyond party politics; it’s about keeping the UK on the road to recovery. The price we pay for fuel has a huge impact on business competitiveness, with diesel accounting for 40 per cent of the costs of operating a lorry.

“Thanks to the unswerving support of Mr Halfon and the thousands of individuals who took the time to put their name to our e-Petition we can now bring this cause to the very heart of government and towards a fairer deal on fuel.”