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
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