Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Freight And Logistics Firms Sign Up To Fair Fuel Demand For Haulage

More Demonstrations of Depth of Industry Feeling Next Week
Shipping News Feature

UK - The FairFuel UK campaign to restrict the price of duty charged by the government to commercial truck operators continues to gather momentum. With tens of thousands of signatories to the online petition plus thousands more petition gathering forms downloaded it will be hard for the coalition to ignore the plea for assistance from the haulage community when the organisation delivers a letter to each and every MP next week.

This will be the second time the campaign has lobbied Parliament by way of personal letters in a fortnight and the delivery will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 8th Feb 2011 when motor industry commentator Quentin Willson leads a delegation from the FairFuel UK campaign to lobby the Treasury with a 20ft long banner and hand in a copy of the letter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The banner will show a picture of a fuel tanker set out as a graphic which shows the enormous proportion of fuel cost accounted for by fuel duty. The letter will urge the Chancellor to abandon the massive hike in Fuel Duty planned for April and to announce measures to bring down and stabilise the cost of fuel, the two main aims of the campaign. Quentin Willson said:

“This has become a major national issue. Oil has passed $100 a barrel and pump prices are surging - we have thousands of new people signing up support every day. The increasing cost of fuel is strangling the economy, stoking up inflation and really hurting businesses and the public. The Government need to act boldly and rule out that April increase immediately to give people and businesses confidence.”

The FairFuel UK campaign has received the wholehearted support of major trade associations and press with both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) asking for their members to back the petition unequivocally. Peter Carroll, organiser of the campaign, commented:

“The Government appear to be listening but it is absolutely vital that everyone who supports a fairer deal on fuel prices helps us to keep the pressure on by signing up, we will only win if we can show the Government the strength and depth of feeling on this subject.”