TPA supporters braved the wind and rain in Grantham on Saturday to campaign for lower fuel taxes. We were protesting against George Osborne’s proposed 3p per litre increase in Fuel Duty, scheduled for August, and collected signatures on our petition calling on him scrap those plans and commit to further reductions.
Despite the rain, local people stopped and signed the petition, angry the Government is still willing to heap more pain on motorists. For those living in rural areas in particular, filling up their cars with petrol or diesel is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the only way they can get to work, go to the shops and lead normal family life. Motoring taxes hit those in South Kesteven, which covers the Grantham area, harder than they do in any other part of Lincolnshire. Residents there pay over £440 per year in excessive motoring taxes. Many said to us they have to think before they make a journey and ask themselves if they can afford it. Excessively high motoring taxes are having a detrimental impact on the way they lead their lives.
We will be back in Lincolnshire ahead of August, and in other parts of the country too. If you want to help us send a message to the Chancellor that enough is enough, please get in touch with me.