Fuel Duty Freeze Welcomed, But Has the Government Missed a Trick?

The haulage industry celebrates an extension of the fuel duty freeze for another year – but many ask why the government didn’t do more.

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(businesspress24) - Fuel prices are a major concern in the haulage industry. Managers have to work out how much theyent to listen to its concerns.

While recent announcements have given reason to be optimistic, many in the transport sector see opportunities to do a lot more.

An End to the Freeze?

Fuel duty has been frozen at 57.95p per litre since 2011. But in a time of ongoing budget cuts, the Treasury is looking to increase revenue wherever it can. This is likely what led Phillip Hammond, the chancellor, to propose an end to the fixed cost in September 2018, arguing that the freeze has left

Unsurprisingly, the haulage industry was not particularly enthused with this policy. Christopher Snelling, head of UK policy at the Freight Transport Agency (FTA), was especially critical.

Taking Action

Many other groups also took notice. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) partnered with pressure group FairFuelUK to commission a report from the Centre for Economic and Business Research to analyse what economic effects the freeze had really had.

The results were surprising. Rather than the high costs reported by the chancellor, the report found that the freeze had in fact saved

This intervention proved convincing; the chancellor walked back his policy, and Theresa May pledged to extend the freeze for one more year. For Snelling and the FTA this was a no-brainer. In addition to harming transport workers, Snelling said, an increase would have

The message is clear: disruption to transport would have widespread negative effects throughout the entire economy.

Pushing for More

But is this enough? Many in the haulage industry think not. RHA chief executive and founding member of FairFuelUK Richard Burnett put it simply. Speaking about the continued fixed costs, he said he was

Even with seven years and counting of the hold, the UK still has the highest fuel duty in Europe. In Germany, by contrast, Europe



Meanwhile, many continue to push for lower fuel duty all round. A 10p per litre cut, Snelling claims, would

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides a valuable service for the haulage industry, matching delivery work with available vehicles. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.



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Date: 10/23/2018 - 06:23
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