Author: Kevin Schofield
Reposted from: thesun.co.uk
In this article, thousands of truckers in the UK rally against sky-high diesel tax, demanding Chancellor George Osborne to cut fuel duty.
Thousands of lorry drivers have joined forces to demand George Osborne CUTS fuel duty in the Budget, The Sun can reveal.
Truckers delivering 64,000 pallets in the UK every day say they can no longer afford the sky-high tax.
They warn jobs could be at risk and shop prices will continue rising unless the Chancellor acts.
Mr Osborne has ruled out any hikes before September at the earliest after The Sun’s Keep It Down campaign.
But the Association of Pallet Networks, which employs 25,000 drivers and staff, say they now need a cut to bring down members’ massive £8 million-a-week diesel costs.
APN founder Paul Sanders said: “We pay the highest fuel duty in Europe — 58p on every litre. This is a toxic tax on all the small companies we carry goods for. If the Government want to get the economy growing, they need to cut fuel duty. Every 1p cut would save £3,740,000 a year.”
Campaign group Fair Fuel UK backed the calls. Spokesman Quentin Willson said: “Every extra penny the haulage industry pays in diesel is added to the price of everything in the shops.”
George Osborne used last month’s Autumn Statement to scrap a 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty planned for January 1. The move saved the average driver £7.69 a month. It was the third of the previous Labour Government’s planned rises he had dropped.
A Treasury spokesman said: “The Government recognises that fuel is a significant cost.
“The cancelled January increase alone will save a typical haulier £1,200 a year.”
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