National Fairfuel Day fuel price protest
09/03/12 16:55 Filed in: News
Hauliers, motorists and others descend on a very wet Westminster this week for National FairFuel Day. The plan was to give those present the opportunity to lobby their MPs about record fuel prices and extortionate levels of fuel duty.
The delegation took the opportunity to highlight a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research which says that even a modest reduction in fuel duty of 2.5p per litre would create 180,000 jobs.
“If road users find they have more money in their pocket, there’s a good chance they will spend it,” says RHA Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning. “The knock on effects of that will be increases in productivity, sales and of course, transport movements – all of which will need increased levels of manpower.
“This is a win-win situation. We are presenting the Chancellor with a solution that helps the man and woman in the street, that helps business productivity and helps boost the economy.”
Let’s hope the Government listens to the CEBR. Fuel tax is simply a tax on the movement of goods and people.
Our businesses, which create the wealth in our economy, depend so much on moving goods and people that the impact of tax at the pumps has a direct effect, not only on family budgets and cost-of-living, but also on the vibrancy of our economy.