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RAC puts fuel price cuts on the election agenda

The RAC have written to party leaders urging them to address the price of fuel in the run up to the 2015 General Election. The RAC see this as a key area that needs to be addressed by political parties in their manifestos as the impact of high fuel prices greatly impacts on businesses, individual drivers and the economy as a whole.

Both the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have been campaigning on the issue fuel duty in alliance with FairFuel UK and have succeeded in  keeping prices frozen.

However, the RAC says the cost of fuel is still the number one concern for motorists with 47 per cent of road users surveyed in the 2014 edition of the RAC report on motoring listing it as their greatest concern.

The RAC argues that a 3p reduction in fuel duty would help to stimulate economic growth and would lessen the hardship for lower paid motorists as well as alleviating stress on businesses. Other key issues for road users included the poor state of the UK’s roads, illegal behaviour of drivers and expensive and inadequate parking facilities.

RAC technical director David Bizley said: “We know that motoring is vital to the UK economy and therefore we want the political parties to fully understand the biggest concerns on motorists’ minds. And we call on each leader to explain clearly what their party would do to address these issues and bring about positive change for the benefit of the country as a whole and everyone who uses the roads.