Truckers Meet Darling to Halt Fuel Price Hike

Truckers meet the Chancellor over fuel price rises

road haulageTruckers meet the Chancellor over fuel price rises

Today representatives of the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association met Alistair Darling to discuss the proposed rises in fuel duty.

From 1st April 2008, the Chancellor plans to raise duty on road fuel by 2p a litre.

The RHA and the FTA, who represent hauliers with around 300,000 trucks, are concerned that a 2 pence per litre price increase will negatively affect their business which has already suffered from price increases due to rising oil costs.

In addition to already increased fuel costs the two associations believe it will affect the haulage industry as a whole and have knock-on effects, pushing up the tranpsort costs for food, for example.

Whilst acknowledging that the Chancellor has no control over oil prices, the RHA and FTA said that for every GBP1.05 per litre, tax and VAT hands 66p to the Government.

Hauliers are not the only group affected by the planned 2p per litre price increases and other signatories of the proposal to freeze the duty on road fuel included the Automobile Association, British Association of Removers, British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Federation of Small Businesses, Forum of Private Business, National Farmers Union, Petrol Retailers’ Association and the RAC Foundation.

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