Thursday, October 25, 2012

Road Haulage and FairFuel UK Representatives to Meet Minister Over Diesel Price

Petitions and Protests Produce Discussions
Shipping News Feature

UK – Following the tabling of a motion for a Bill on a change in the way fuel is invoiced to customers and the subsequent announcement of progress in further legislation to charge foreign trucks using British roads there is more good news for UK road haulage operators with confirmation that campaign group FairFuelUK, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, are due to meet on Monday 29th October at 4pm to discuss the impact of Fuel Duty on the UK economy.

FairFuel UK of course has campaigned long and hard against what it sees as an unfair burden on the haulage industry, including demonstrations at Westminster, and has managed to attract support from across the industry. Also present at the meeting will be the well known figure of Road Haulage Association (RHA) Chief Executive Geoff Dunning at an event where the latest financial model, financed by the Road Haulage Association, for a change in the cost of diesel, will be discussed in depth. Geoff Dunning commented:

“We are delighted that FairFuelUK’s lobbying efforts have resulted in this important meeting. We have been firm supporters of the FairFuel campaign since its inception nearly two years ago. In that time, through a series of fuel duty freezes and even a fuel duty reduction, FFUK has saved British road users nearly £5.5 billion.

“I sincerely hope that in the short term, it will persuade the Treasury to scrap the 3 pence per litre duty rise planned for January 2013 and, in the long term, form the basis of a cost effective system of fuel taxation that will benefit both the Treasury and the road user alike”