FairFuelUK
has so far fought off £30bn in TAX hikes

The FairFuelUK Campaign fights for lower fuel prices at the pumps

and is backed by these prestigious organisations
Freight Transport Association
The Road Haulage Association
The Association of Pallet Networks
UKLPG - The trade association for the LPG industry in the UK
The RAC
FairFuelUK, the Nationally Recognised Award Winning Campaign fighting for lower petrol & diesel prices, is widely accredited with stopping £30 billion of road user taxes being levied on businesses & public in this Parliament

Quentin WillsonQuentin Willson is one of Britain’s best-known motoring authorities and is lead campaigner for FairFuelUK. He spent over a decade presenting BBC's Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and was largely responsible for bringing the once scandalously high prices of new cars in the UK down to the same level as the rest of Europe.



3 MPG: The Heavy Transport Association is celebrating 30 years in Business. They have produced a brilliant publication of what their industry is all about. They have included on Page 128 a history of FairFuelUK. Take a look here
Sunday, August 24, 2014



Support FairFuelUK's call for a full pricing enquiry 
Source Sunday Express August 24th 2014
 
Please complete our POLL at http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpoll.html and help us to get a full inquiry into the pricing fiasco process of setting what we pay at the pumps

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014



'We're all wondering why, with all the  events happening at the moment, that the oil price hasn't spiked due to speculator activity. After all those spikes have been a regular occurrence for the last few years. In the past 

Brent Crude has swung from such extremes as $80 to $145 on the activity of speculators. This week, with everything that's happening in Iraq and Russia Brent Crude has fallen to its lowest point for a year at just over a hundred bucks. And that's due to two reasons. The first is high oil inventories due to an increase in US production, but the second is more worrying. There are around 30% less banks operating in the oil market today than there were last year and this has stabilised prices. THrough the recession years on 2008 to 2013, there was a heavy involvement of banks, commodity houses and hedge funds driving up the price of oil due to speculation and long and short bets on falls and rises in benchmark prices. This, as we're seeing now, distorted prices significantly and created a herd mentality in the oil market which caused prices to swing upward on the slightest shift in bulk buying patterns.

And this poses a serious question. Should those banks and financial institutions who bullied up the price of oil during the period of their involvement be responsible for the enormous costs they made consumers  pay by their speculation, or should we just move on and give thanks that they're no longer using the oil market as a major speculative revenue stream? There's an important moral and ethical point here and one that needs to be clearly defined as we don't want to see such needless and expensive swings in prices ever again. And can we legislate against this activity to protect both our economy and hard working families and businesses in the future?

FairFuelUK made this point last year and asked the OFT for an investigation into oil prices. The OFT said there was no case to answer and avoided any investigation. But here's the empirical proof that prices were raised by the activity of financial institutions and we're seeing the market behave relatively normally without all that speculator activity. For the record I'd like to know just how much those financial institutions actual made out their activities in the oil market to confirm to everybody what's happened. Until we have clarity and transparency in this market, the same casino mentality could kick off again. This Government must look at the events of the last few weeks and compare it to the wild shifts in prices that happened over the last five years. They must draw the obvious conclusion that without these opportunistic financial speculators the oil market is a much more stable place, goods, services, prices and inflation are lower and GDP higher. 

We simply can't have a posse of speculative operators, led by the big banks, playing games with our financial future. The recession in 2007/8 began when the supply chain buckled under the weight of the $145 barrel. We simply cannot ever allow that to happen again. In my opinion, the sooner we have legislation to stop opportunistic oil speculation by non physical trading activity, the better. Add your call for a full enquiry at our Road User Poll http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpoll.html


Quentin Willson



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Saturday, August 16, 2014



 
The 32 million road users in the UK who contribute over £40 billion to the Treasury in fuel duty and other taxes each year, deserve a better deal from any new Government in 2015.  FairFuelUK is evolving into representing the needs of this influential group of voters. BUT the campaign's main objective is still to secure lower fuel prices at the pumps for the sake of stimulating more growth in the economy. The Government recognises our efforts and take what our supporters say seriously. So, please tell us what you want from your Government and which politician, if any best understands road users’ needs. We will collate all responses and make sure every MP is aware of this Poll’s outcome. The findings will also be published in the FairFuelUK Economic Manifesto to be circulated to the media and all politicians. Thanks as ever for your fabulous support, without it we’d stand no chance of getting our voice heard.
 
Please go to http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpoll.html to complete the quick poll
 
Quentin Willson

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014



Despite a slew of international crises the price of oil is unlikely to rise in the near future thanks to rising production from North America, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) monthly report. The advance of Islamist militants in northern Iraq and the increasingly unstable situation in Libya have put many investors on edge about the prospect of oil price hikes. While the IEA said the security of some major oil producing countries "remains more at risk than ever," oil supplies are relatively abundant. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has increased output to a five-month high 30.4m barrels per day (bpd). "Despite armed conflict in Libya, Iraq and Ukraine, the oil market today looks better supplied than expected, with an oil glut even reported in the Atlantic basin," the report said.

At the same time US oil production has climbed by over 3m bpd since 2010, with no signs of abating. US production was so impressive that the IEA went so far as call the supply growth "relentless." Back in July, research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) suggested that the US was leading the world in the production of oil and gas, having overtaken both Saudi Arabia and Russia in the previous six months. US oil production has surged by 70 per cent since bottoming out in 2008, while liquefied natural gas output has jumped 40 per cent since 2005. As a result, the country has become far less dependent on foreign energy, spending less than 1.5 per cent of national income on oil and gas from overseas. 

Source Guy Bentley City AM (http://www.cityam.com/1407852232/iraq-crisis-unlikely-lead-rising-oil-prices-says-iea-report)


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Thursday, August 7, 2014



Today the Sun has started a campaign that calls for recompense for the 11m diesel drivers. read on...
 
In just a week, since the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) suggested it, the FairFuelUK Campaign has received over 13,000 emails, posts and texts with angry supporters up in arms against the idea that diesel drivers should be taxed for entering cities and towns. City based politicians are jumping on the misguidance that higher taxation is the solution to save lives and help the environment from the diesel engine.
 
Gordon Brown in his 2001 budget reduced the duty on diesel by 3p and it didn't take long for UK drivers to start buying diesel cars in their millions because that lower fuel duty translated lower cost at the pumps. High fuel duty on petrol encouraged consumers to wring every last mile from their cars and who can blame them for trying to save money? The end result of all that pro-diesel activity is that now half the cars on UK roads are now powered by diesel. The Government got it wrong and honest hard working road users are now expected to pay for it.

Quentin Willson, TV motoring journalist and lead campaigner for FairFuelUK said: "The EU and the Government's diesel disaster is a shambles. All that hand wringing about CO2 in 2001 made us all buy derv-powered cars because we were told they were cleaner. And 50% of UK motorists made the change. Now we're told they're a public health time bomb and worse still, the EU and Government approved emissions and economy cycle upon which our car-buying decisions have been based, isn't accurate either. Millions of well-intentioned UK motorists have been woefully misinformed. It's time these legislators got their facts right.”

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: "We have the highest fuel tax in the EU, the most expensive diesel & the UK is the only nation with diesel priced higher than petrol. Why is it, the power houses of Europe put the economy before debatable health benefits of higher diesel prices at the pumps? Every FairFuelUK supporter wants a healthy environment but punitive taxation is not the solution. Instead cut the cost of fuel and incentivise 32 million road users to use the savings to turn to cleaner alternatives and fuel efficient vehicles.”

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