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 AssociationFounding Backer
The Road Haulage AssociationFounding Backer
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
Friday, January 16, 2015



"In the last 5 years I have been successfully campaigning, with Motoring Journalist and Broadcaster Quentin Willson, for lower and fairer prices at the pumps, our 1m supporters cannot comprehend why an essential resource so important to the public, haulage industry, businesses and the economy, is not subject to transparent pricing control and scrutiny. Why don’t we have an ‘offPump’ styled regulatory body that protects 32 million UK consumers?


Until we have clarity and openness in this market, the casino mentality will remain and benefit the secretive cartel of supply chain operators, supermarkets and oil speculators who will continue to dictate what we pay every time we fill up.

 

But there is also a new distressing trend showing an ugly side to this unregulated market. Just 6 months ago retailers were making about 3 to 5p per litre on both main fuels. Since these historic and welcome falls in global oil prices the wholesale price for petrol has dropped to 97p per litre with diesel coming in at about £1.02p. But average pump prices in the UK remain too high and do not reflect accurately the falls in oil prices. Petrol is sold at an average of £1.07 and for diesel at an incredibly high of £1.16. Not only is the retail mark-up bigger than in June for both fuels the increasing gap between petrol and diesel is pure opportunistic profiteering.

 

Most garages buy on a regular basis via wholesalers paying spot prices dictated by greedy speculators and middle men. Unlike the gas/electricity markets who have to buy months in advance, there is absolutely no excuse to not pass on the benefits of current oil price falls immediately and in the right amounts at the pumps.


Amazingly we are now told that Speculators are hoarding millions of barrels of oil at these low prices ready to release into the market when, as sure as eggs are eggs, the price will rocket upwards.


Quentin Willson and I wrote to the Chancellor in November asking him to re-visit the issues of oil price manipulation and forecourt pricing and use the Competition and Markets Authority to set up an "OffPump” inquiry to bring transparency and clarity to this opaque market.


As a result of this letter, we met in person with Priti Patel MP the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Robert Halfon MP, PPS to George Osborne. Priti Patel agreed with our call for an inquiry by writing back to us saying: ‘I would like to see strong action in this area’. So far we have seen no action by her or the Treasury. We have however very welcome support in Parliament from many MPs, including David Jones, Jason McCartney, Robert Flello, Mark Garnier and Tessa Munt, to name but a few of the 146 MPs that support the FairFuelUK Campaign and are calling for a pricing inquiry.


It’s clear that the Government taking in excess of 70% in tax and disingenuously calling for oil companies to pass on the falls to consumers, really does not have the stomach to call for a full public inquiry. It’s probably due to a General Election taking place in about 100 days. Their minds are on their careers.

 

FairFuelUK will continue to fight for the hard pressed and fleeced motorist.”


Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign

 



Add your own comments below this post. They are very welcome (1)                          


Saturday, January 10, 2015




Monday, January 5, 2015




Monday, January 5, 2015



FairFuelUK Supporters have contacted us in their thousands and are rightly concerned that another quango is to be set up supposedly representing independently the needs and concerns of 32m road users. The Secretary of State for Transport wishes to appoint a new member to the existing ‘Passenger Focus’ board to help shape Government’s response to the expansion of their remit and represent the Passenger Focus organisation to road users, the road industry, and other stakeholders.

We at FairFuelUK have been approached by many of you to apply for this position. We will be happy to do this on your behalf but as you appreciate as an already influential campaigning group, in Westminster we are seen as somewhat of a nonconformist body. Well naturally we disagree and feel that FairFuelUK with its 1 million supporters, the backing of the RAC, FTA, RHA, APN and UKLPG, we should indeed be at the heart of any so called Government instigated organisation that will decide on our future roads infrastructure and related motoring issues agenda. Most of the existing members of the Passenger Focus - new Road User team are establishment figures, not really close as to what your concerns really are.

FairFuelUK would represent your views and your needs if appointed. You know that. So that’s where we need your help. If you agree please simply send an email by using this easy to use link or indeed your own styled email to boardrecruitment@passengerfocus.org.uk FairFuelUK Supporters have contacted us in their thousands and are rightly concerned that another quango is to be set up supposedly representing independently the needs and concerns of 32m road users. The Secretary of State for Transport wishes to appoint a new member to the existing ‘Passenger Focus’ board to help shape Government’s response to the expansion of their remit and represent the Passenger Focus organisation to road users, the road industry, and other stakeholders. We at FairFuelUK have been approached by many of you to apply for this position. FairFuelUK would represent your views and your needs if appointed. You know that. So that’s where we need your help. If you agree please simply send an email by using this link www.roaduserpoll.uk/roaduser2015.html

Add your own comments below this post. They are very welcome (0)                          


Monday, December 15, 2014



The Sun 15th Dec 2014

 

The Sun reports on FairFuelUK's Latest Supporters Poll

 

"Our supporters clearly demonstrate what we have empirically proven to the Treasury, that lower fuel prices mean more disposable income for consumers and businesses to put back into the economy. But in order to maintain this stability the Government must initiate a public enquiry in how prices are set at the pumps. The economy cannot be continually affected by speculative profiteering and the punitive highest duty levels in Europe. It’s time for a common sense approach to fuel pricing to give some confidence to 32m voting tax paying road users. ”  Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign

 

"With the price of oil down by nearly 50% and only a derisory 10% being reflected at the pumps, this has become a dysfunctional market. Nobody understands why consumers are being fleeced every time they fill up. Everybody is blaming everybody else, that’s why FairFuelUK is calling for a root and branch enquiry into oil and fuel markets now.” Quentin Willson FairFuelUK Lead Campaigner 


Here are summary results from FairFuelUK's Poll that took place between 10th -13th December 2014. There were 16,119 respondents in just 60 hours on-line:


  • There is no concrete consensus as to who is to blame for oil price falls not being passed on at the pumps.
  • The main targets of blame however are Oil Companies followed by Oil speculators.
  • Supermarkets seem not to be blamed – Outside of the massive tax take by HMT it’s the oil supply chain that gets the major blame
  • But this is why we have to have a full public enquiry as supported by Priti Patel to find out who really is profiteering from not passing on the correct prices to the pumps
  • All believe that prices should be lower than they are now. They estimate prices should be on average for petrol £1.07 and diesel £1.12
  • Interestingly women are the ones believe that they should be a lot lower at petrol £1.03 and diesel £1.06
  • Savings made by poll respondents at the pumps are not being used on luxuries but on essentials, paying off debt and even being put into savings
  • Nearly 3 in 10 are using the savings they’ve made on purchasing food
  • Over 98% want to see a 3p duty cut
  • And 6 in 10believe no Political Party is in tune with the impact of high prices on normal lives.
  • Of the remainder UKIP tops followed by the Tories with the Greens even beating the Lib Dems
  • 97% of those in full-time employment use their car to get to work
  • Nearly 60% use their car everyday
  • 63% say their car is vital to their lives
  • 2 in 5 need their car for hospital visits
  • 4 in 3 say public transport is poor in their location
  • Even after the recent falls in prices at the pumps 79% say prices are still too high
For Full Details of the Poll results go to http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpollDecember2014.pdf 


Add your own comments below this post. They are very welcome (2)                          




Add your Fuel Prices Experiences in these FairFuelUK Polls




RSS Updates to your browser


RECENT POSTS


ARCHIVE




It is managed by Howard Cox and Quentin Willson. email: campaign@fairfueluk.com    
Contact and Media: Howard Cox 07515 421611
FairFuelUK, 1 Rammell Mews,Cranbrook,Kent TN17 3BQ. UK