Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Government signals rethink on fuel duty

The government could be set to rethink its decision to raise fuel duty and road tax this autumn, following Tuesday’s protest by hauliers.

Hundreds of lorry drivers took to the streets, congregating at Marble Arch in London, to vent their anger at the proposed 2 pence per litre rise on fuel duty and urging the government to introduce an essential user rebate for the haulage industry.

The move comes as oil prices are at an all time high, rising by more than 40 per cent in the past 12 months.

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling met with oil industry chiefs yesterday to discuss the issue. In his opening statement Brown pleaded for supply to be maximised over the next few years and for reserves in the North Sea to be utilised in a bid to relieve the problem.