Thursday, August 30, 2012

Road Haulage Representatives Reiterate Call for Fuel Cost Cut for Freight Interests

RHA and SNP in Harmony as France Cuts Diesel Cost
Shipping News Feature

UK - FRANCE - Yesterdays news that the French Government has struck a deal with fuel producers and distributors to cut the cost of fuel by 6 eurocents per litre for three months has produced an immediate response from freight industry representatives encouraging a similar response. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has been quick to support the stance of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in its call for decisive action to address the issue of an immediate cut in fuel duty as a sure-fire method of boosting the economy.

The SNP has loudly voiced opposition to the Government’s fuel policies for some time, supporting the FairFuel UK campaign in June and stating the fact that taxes make up about half of the pump price of petrol in France (54%) – less than in the UK at 60%, the highest rate amongst all EU countries. The SNP’s Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said yesterday:

“This decisive and immediate action from the French government contrasts with a UK Government which continues to sit on its hands while the economy flounders. The French government has recognised that high fuel costs are hammering businesses and households and choking back growth. Yet fuel tax is even worse in the UK, where we have the highest rates of tax on both petrol and diesel in all EU countries.”

The RHA also of course fully supported the FairFuel UK protests which encouraged a suspension of the proposed duty rise and now RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning has issued his own statement saying:

“Although we recognise that this is a temporary cut, it will be of great benefit to the French economy pending more permanent measures to curb fuel prices If our own Treasury officials were to follow the example set by France, it would be a tremendous shot in the arm for the UK economy in general and UK hauliers in particular. We are facing another fuel duty hike in January, to have a duty reduction in the final quarter of 2012 would certainly buy our industry time and put extra money in people’s pockets. This will give a much needed pre-Christmas boost to the economy”.