Campaign against January Fuel Duty rise

Waveney MP Peter Aldous yesterday wrote to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid MP, reinforcing the need to use Wednesday’s Autumn Statement to scrap the 3p increase in the rate of Fuel Duty proposed for January 2013.

This follows Peter’s meeting on Saturday with Terry Seaman of Terry Seaman Transport of Redisham near Beccles, at which Mr Seaman detailed the impact of high fuel prices on his business [see attached letter].
Mr Aldous is continuing his campaign on fuel costs intent to ensure that families and business in the Waveney area, many of whom rely on their vehicles for essential business or domestic transport, are not hit by fuel price rises.

Research carried out by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has found that:-

  • Fuel expenditure accounts for approximately 37.49% of a business’ budget.
  • 50% of freight on long distance journeys is done by foreign companies.
  • The 3p rise would cost a 10 vehicle freight operator £14,000 a year.

In support of Fair Fuel UK’s campaign, Peter Aldous states in his letter:
“I acknowledge the work that the Government have done in postponing previous increases and this is very much a last minute plea before the Autumn Statement to abandon this increase and thereafter in the longer term find a fairer way of taxing hauliers and the logistics sector who are harshly penalised by Fuel Duty and are at a considerable disadvantage in competing with operators in other European countries.”

Peter Aldous said:
“I am extremely concerned about the burden that high fuel prices are having on people in the Waveney area, where wages are lower than the national average and in travelling to work people have no alternative but to use the car.

“The experiences encountered by businesses in my constituency, as confirmed by Terry Seaman, have very much brought home to me the impact that Fuel Duty is having on them.

“I urge the Government to lighten the financial burden on households and businesses during these difficult economic times and to use the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday to postpone the 3p Fuel Duty increase due on 1st January.”

Photo: Mr Aldous with Terry Seaman of Terry Seaman Transport of Redisham near Beccles.

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