Robert Halfon MP demands fuel tax transparency

October 18, 2012 3:18 PM

Robert Halfon MP has continued his campaigning on fuel prices. He has proposed legislation that would make the taxes more transparent to motorists. The MP for Harlow has submitted a Bill to Parliament that would ensure that customers know exactly how much of their huge petrol and diesel bills is tax by making it law for receipts to include break downs of how much Fuel Duty and VAT people pay at the forecourts.

The TPA has also worked on exposing the level of tax levied at the pumps. Earlier in the summer we launched freezefueltax.com and placed fuel tax stands in forecourts across the country showing that 60 per cent of a motorist’s fuel bill was going straight to the chancellor.

Speaking in Parliament, Halfon argued that:
Every receipt of every fuel bill, the tax burden should be clear and transparent so my receipt would say 'Fuel Duty £25, VAT £10.'

Mr Halfon also wants receipts to state how much is actually spent on improving Britain’s roads. Our work on local motoring taxes has shown how drivers pay far more in taxes than is spent on roads and mitigating the impact of motoring. Talking to theTelegraph, Mr Halfon observed that just a measly fifth of taxation raised from motoring taxes is currently invested back into our roads.

The other aim of the Bill is to make putting up Fuel Duty harder for the current and future governments. With bills clearly stating what’s being taken by the taxman, consumers would be in a better position to resist any further hikes.

Mr Halfon has worked tirelessly to keep fuel taxes down and the TPA commends his latest effort. The UK has the highest fuel taxes in Europe but there are prominent voices out there fighting the taxpayers' corner. The bill will have a second reading on the 30th of November and the TPA urges all politicans to support this worthy campaign.Robert Halfon MP has continued his campaigning on fuel prices. He has proposed legislation that would make the taxes more transparent to motorists. The MP for Harlow has submitted a Bill to Parliament that would ensure that customers know exactly how much of their huge petrol and diesel bills is tax by making it law for receipts to include break downs of how much Fuel Duty and VAT people pay at the forecourts.

The TPA has also worked on exposing the level of tax levied at the pumps. Earlier in the summer we launched freezefueltax.com and placed fuel tax stands in forecourts across the country showing that 60 per cent of a motorist’s fuel bill was going straight to the chancellor.

Speaking in Parliament, Halfon argued that:
Every receipt of every fuel bill, the tax burden should be clear and transparent so my receipt would say 'Fuel Duty £25, VAT £10.'

Mr Halfon also wants receipts to state how much is actually spent on improving Britain’s roads. Our work on local motoring taxes has shown how drivers pay far more in taxes than is spent on roads and mitigating the impact of motoring. Talking to theTelegraph, Mr Halfon observed that just a measly fifth of taxation raised from motoring taxes is currently invested back into our roads.

The other aim of the Bill is to make putting up Fuel Duty harder for the current and future governments. With bills clearly stating what’s being taken by the taxman, consumers would be in a better position to resist any further hikes.

Mr Halfon has worked tirelessly to keep fuel taxes down and the TPA commends his latest effort. The UK has the highest fuel taxes in Europe but there are prominent voices out there fighting the taxpayers' corner. The bill will have a second reading on the 30th of November and the TPA urges all politicans to support this worthy campaign.

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