Planned rise in fuel duty scrapped – drivers to benefit from cheaper tank
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak cancels rise in fuel duty
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In his Autumn Budget, Rishi Sunak said it would be a saving of more than £8billion over the next five years. Compared to pre-2010 plans, today’s freeze means the average tank of fuel will cost around £15 less per car.
It would also be £30 less for vans and £130 less for HGVs.
The Chancellor said: “I am not prepared to add to the squeeze on families and small businesses”.
After 12 consecutive years of frozen rates, the average car driver will now save an average of £1,900.
There had been calls from industry experts to Rishi Sunak to reduce fuel duties as a result of the record-high petrol prices seen this week.
Howard Cox, the founder of FairFuelUK, welcomed the freezing of fuel duty, saying it would be a relief for hard pressed drivers.
He said: “FairFuelUK unashamedly takes some of the campaigning credit for the longest period of any UK excise levy being capped.
“This is great news and some relief for hard pressed drivers.
“Congratulations Rishi, thanks for listening to Robert Halfon MP, Craig Mackinlay MP, our 1.7m supporters and the vast majority of the electorate.
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“But it was an opportunity missed too. With pump prices at their highest ever, meaning the Treasury is wallowing in a £1billion unexpected windfall, it was a time for the Government to have cut Fuel Duty significantly.
“It was a time too, to incentivise drivers to move to cleaner fuels and put a moratorium on the unpopular 2030 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales, until more cleaner fuel technologies come forward.
“For these reasons, it is imperative to take these points on board: UK drivers still remain one of world’s top three nations’ highest taxed motorists, face an uncontrolled pump pricing lottery, congestion, and clean air charges plus a perpetual demonisation for all the environmental ills of our planet.
“FairFuelUK, will continue to campaign for UK’s 37m drivers to be treated better by this disappointingly anti-driver Conservative administration.
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