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Taxpayers’ Alliance call for fuel duty to be frozen

 

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) and the Taxpayers’ Alliance have joined forces to conduct rival fuel duty lobbying to FairFuelUK.

The PRA will supply to its members, independent fuel retailers, a stand to place either next to tills or on pumps, which provides details of the amount of tax any consumer pays when buying fuel at the forecourt.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which paid for the stands, says: “Fuel duty is an excessive and unfair burden… businesses also struggle with rising costs moving their goods.

“Fuel duty should at least be frozen for the rest of this parliament,” he adds.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson says: “We believe that the fuel tax stand is the perfect way to help explain to our customers that far from profiteering from high fuel prices, fuel retailers are also suffering as the government takes 60% of the cost of every litre, which amounts to more than £30bn total ‘tax take’ from forecourts every year.”

However the fuel tax stand campaign has not aligned itself with FairFuelUK, which over the past 18 months brought together the fuel duty lobbying conducted by the Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association and RAC, among others.

In response to the new campaign, FairFuelUK founder Peter Carroll says: “The more united a campaign is, the more chance of success it has and the stronger the message is to government.

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