Fuel transparency Bill thrown out
The Road Haulage Association is disappointed at the news that staunch FairFuelUK supporter Robert Halfon MP's attempt to pass a Private Members Bill to achieve fuel tax transparency by printing the tax take on fuel forecourt receipts didn't achieve a second reading and is now just another item in the history books.
“Of course this news comes as a blow to those who are determined to see breakthrough in our battle against the iniquitous levels of fuel duty currently being paid by all users of road fuel,” said RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning.
“Despite this setback, we, together with fuel campaigners FairFuelUK will continue to keep this issue at the forefront of the political agenda; we have no choice if we are to once again achieve and maintain a viable, efficient and profitable UK economy. “But it’s not all gloom and doom,” Geoff Dunning continued. Today’s news that motorway service areas may be forced to advertise the price of fuel on roadside hoardings will at least go some way towards achieving fuel cost transparency.
“Currently, the price of fuel at MSAs is approximately 10 pence per litre higher than high street prices. The result of this new legislation, if it becomes reality, will be lower prices on the UK’s key routes and that has to be good news for everyone.
“The Prime Minister is reported as saying that this is one area where Government believes transparency can drive down prices and give motorists a better deal. We shall be pressing the point that this issue is equally, if not more important for those who have the responsibility for delivering the economy – UK hauliers”.