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Drivers say fuel duty should be 25%, reports FTA

Carried out ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, the research saw the FTA question drivers as they filled up at a Kent petrol station. While the majority were aware of the proportion of tax, most said it was too high and should be reduced.

Earlier this month the FTA wrote to Chancellor George Osbourne calling for a freeze or cut in fuel duty in the Budget, which independent research has shown would deliver significant economic benefits. In its pre-Budget submission, the association also highlighted the need to address the skills shortage in the logistics industry and the importance in investing in infrastructure.

FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham said: “Any increase in fuel duty will have far-reaching effects, not only for the logistics sector but also for the motoring public and anyone who buys goods that are delivered to our shops and homes. 

“We already have the highest fuel duty in the EU for diesel and the third highest for petrol. A rise will make us less able to compete with our European neighbours and threatens to stall the economy’s recovery.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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