Budget freeze for diesel duty

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Chancellor Gordon Brown has frozen fuel duty on diesel until October.

It will be increased by two pence per litre in 2008 and by 1.8p per litre in 2009.

The Freight Transport Association welcomed the Budget move saying the figures were in line with inflation.

The FTA also said that it welcomes the decision to triple the funding for the enforcement of regulations designed to reduce offences by foreign lorries working in the UK.

FTA external affairs director, Geoff Dossetter said: “One in seven of the heaviest vehicles on UK roads now come from overseas. Regrettably the operational safety record of many of these vehicles gives cause for concern in terms of their roadworthiness, overloading and the hours worked by their drivers.

“Additional funding for enforcement will obviously help contain or even reduce this problem. However, FTA continues to call for the establishment of a scheme which would register details of foreign vehicles working in the UK and also make a charge on their so doing.”

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