Industry unites to tackle gov’t on fuel prices

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A number of industry trade associations and motoring groups have formed an alliance urging the government to realise and address the “terrible impact” the inflated price of oil is having on the UK and at the very least scrap the two pence per litre fuel duty increase.

Organisations include the AA, British Association of Removers, British Chambers of Commerce, FTA, Petrol Retailers Association, Road Haulage Association, UK Warehouse Association, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Federation of Small Businesses, Forum of Private Business and National Farmers Union.

In a joint statement, the groups involved said: “The government has failed to demonstrate that it has understood the serious impact of oil price rises on UK industry and has so far shown no interest in tackling the problem. 

“The movement of people, and the delivery goods and services, are key factors in the economy and in the daily needs of the whole population.  The price of oil is dramatically changing these processes to the detriment of all, seemingly without any concern from the government which has done nothing to help except to postpone its proposed two pence per litre duty increase from April until October. 

“It seems to lack any appreciation of the scale and depth of the difficulties and appears bereft of any overall strategy on the vital supply and price of petrol and diesel.

“The government’s insensitivity and continued failure to deal with these problems is unacceptable and must be corrected without delay.”

Hundreds of hauliers assembled outside the Houses of Parliament and on the A40 yesterday in protest of the impending increase in fuel duty in the UK and to show their support of the SNP’s fuel duty regulator proposal.

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