Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Road Haulage Lobby Praises Announcement on Fuel

Cancellation and Reduction Will Assist Freight Carriers
Shipping News Feature

UK – The speech by Chancellor George Osborne was today welcomed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) which was the first of the freight industry's representatives to comment on the announcement that the proposed January fuel duty increase will be cancelled and that the 5 pence per litre proposed for August 2012 will be reduced to 3 pence per litre. RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning was first out of the blocks praising the decision and saying:

“This represents a victory for the RHA and for the FairFuelUK campaign group. For many, today’s announcement will offer some respite but the fact remains that if the UK economy is to stand any chance of recovery, a much longer term solution is essential.

“Despite the reduction to 3 pence per litre in August, the future for the economy in general and for UK hauliers in particular, looks extremely poor. Mr Osborne’s message was one of optimism and help for the economy. But this will not be a feeling shared by the UK road freight operators operating at a considerable financial disadvantage compared to their foreign counterparts. We’ve come a long way, but, if this industry is to thrive, there is still a very long way to go.”

The RHA also welcomed the news that there will be a £5bn investment into infrastructure; in particular improvements to the road network in the Midlands, the South West and of course the confirmation of the halving of tolls on the Humber Bridge which we mentioned in an article earlier today.