TaxPayers' Alliance welcomes Fuel Duty freeze but says Government should go further

June 26, 2012 6:02 PM

We welcome today's move by the Chancellor to freeze Fuel Duty until the end of the year.

We strongly opposed the planned 3p rise this August but believe that simply deferring the increase until January next year is not good enough.

Last year we produced research, showing how excessive motoring taxes affect drivers in urban, suburban and rural areas very differently. You can read the Local motoring taxes paper here. We also produced an interactive map which you can use to see just how much motoring taxes affect motorists both in your local authority and across the UK.

In response to today's Fuel Duty announcement, Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
“Overtaxed British motorists will be very relieved that they aren’t facing a punishing rise in already exorbitant rates of Fuel Duty in August. They already pay more than drivers in any other European Union country. Unfortunately most of the cost of filling up the tank will still be tax, which is a huge burden on millions with no practical alternative but to use their car each day. If the Chancellor is serious about helping working families and small businesses, then he should at least freeze the rate for the rest of this Parliament, and look to cut the burden over time."
We welcome today's move by the Chancellor to freeze Fuel Duty until the end of the year.

We strongly opposed the planned 3p rise this August but believe that simply deferring the increase until January next year is not good enough.

Last year we produced research, showing how excessive motoring taxes affect drivers in urban, suburban and rural areas very differently. You can read the Local motoring taxes paper here. We also produced an interactive map which you can use to see just how much motoring taxes affect motorists both in your local authority and across the UK.

In response to today's Fuel Duty announcement, Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
“Overtaxed British motorists will be very relieved that they aren’t facing a punishing rise in already exorbitant rates of Fuel Duty in August. They already pay more than drivers in any other European Union country. Unfortunately most of the cost of filling up the tank will still be tax, which is a huge burden on millions with no practical alternative but to use their car each day. If the Chancellor is serious about helping working families and small businesses, then he should at least freeze the rate for the rest of this Parliament, and look to cut the burden over time."

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