National Fair Fuel day
Mar 2012 07

Today we are joining campaigners across the UK to support National Fair Fuel day to persuade the Government to cut Fuel Duty on petrol and diesel. Organised by the FairFuelUK group, today’s protest will involve a mass lobby of parliament. MPs will come face to face with their constituents who are some of the people suffering because of high Fuel Duty.

Families in the suburbs and rural areas suffer the most as driving is so often essential outside city centres.  Everything from driving to work to getting the kids to school is made much more expensive because of Britain’s excessive motoring taxes, which squeeze the budgets of struggling families who already have so many other pressures on their finances.

British drivers are hit unfairly hard by motoring taxes that are far too high (see our research on this here). Fuel Duty in this country is the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world; we are joining others to take action.

Average petrol prices reached a record high of 137.79p a litre earlier this week, with diesel now at an all-time high of £144.92.

Last year, with your help, the FairFuelUK campaign saw off rises that would have put another 9p per litre on the cost of every litre of petrol and diesel. We hope to help them stop future rises and are demanding that, when George Osborne delivers his Budget next week, he listens to ordinary taxpayers, cuts Fuel Duty, and then freezes it for the rest of this Parliament.

To find out more, visit the Fair Fuel website

Emma is the Campaign Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance. She leads efforts to change policy through powerful campaigns and is the voice of the TPA in the media.

  • S Wilson

    It is also time to demand transparency with the purpose of fuel duty.  If it is, in part, about pollution and CO2, then have it reflect that (which would be a fraction of what it is).  If it is, in part, to recover the costs of maintaining and upgrading highways, then set it at a level to adequately do that – and hypothecate it (time to confront the Treasury-phobia about this, given that there are plenty of foreign examples of good management of hypothecated roads funds that incentivise long term approaches to highway management).

    What remains is simply the profit over and above that (which is around a 200% surplus on top of what it costs to keep the roads functional).

    A country that charges so much for using the roads, but struggles to fill potholes, prevaricates on major highway upgrades and switches off street lamps overnight to save money has got a major issue of allocation of resources.

    If fuel duty was hypothecated towards a roads fund, then the Chancellor would be forced to argue only for increases into THAT fund, to boost spending on roads, and it would be politically more difficult to raise fuel duty. 

    • Blarg1987

       I think it is a lesser of two evils, depending on your standpoint, if fuel duty was cut, then where would you put the tax on?

      The continent has lower fuel duty but does have toll roads, effenciency savings can only go so far and there will still be a short fall unless we import labour who will work for peanuts in which case I am awaiting those to propose to set the example :P .

      It is right to debate the issue but also factor in alternatives, I think half the problem is that goverment policy has been encouraging indirect taxation both Conservative and Labour for the last 30 odd years.

  • Paul Danon

    Let’s raise fuel-duty to reduce road-congestion, cut pollution and encourage use of public transport.

  • Gruntfuttuck

    Paul Danon – My local roads are never, ever congested and we do not have any public transport.

  • Rcurrall

    will the TPA support the Times cycling campaign? Dedicated cycle infrastructure and the provision of safe, convenient cycle access for all (ie kids and pensioners, not just young men in lycra on racing bikes) would help reduce the number of trips by car that are currently ‘essential’ (such as short school run trips, trips v short distances to shops and/or workplaces – in London around 50% of car journeys are under 2 miles), as well as helping remove congestion and improving public health

  • Foolsgold Gordo

    Buy a smaller car, drive it less and drive it slower!  Send your children to a local school  and avoid the school rush hour.  If we use less fuel maybe the price will come down.  What price will it be when the world comes out of recession?

    • Rob

      that’s certainly part of the solution, it never ceases to amaze me how we have such high fuel prices (which many drivers complain about, justifiably) yet so many people continue to drive such thirsty vehicles; i’m particularly thinking of the huge number of 4 x 4 used in urban and suburban areas which are so rarely, if ever, used off-road, as well as being an environmental disaster and posing a much greater hazard to people in other cars and vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. Another part of the solution is, as has been previously suggested, for proper safe cycle infrastructure to enable some shorter trips to be done by bike rather than by car, which would also have a pleasant effect on towns and cities, cutting down on noise and air pollution.
      However fuel duty is extremely and excessively high, representing about 60% of the cost of a litre of fuel, then you have 20% VAT on top of that. That’s a steep tax take on a pretty essential commodity which is vital to the success of many businesses and workers.

    • Paganman

      No, they
      would not bring down the price of fuel instead, they would increase it to cover
      the revenue they have lost.

      So you
      are happy to send you child to a local school even if it is a school which as a
      poor performance? Foolsgold open your eyes.

  • Guest

    I think we should make them put the price of diesel down in
    other EU countries diesel is cheaper than petrol. By reduce the cost of diesel
    it would help our struggling haulage companies and would mean food would get to
    the shops cheaper.