FairFuelUK
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 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.
See his new and very popular Classic Car Show
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Thursday, May 14, 2015



The dust has descended following a General Election where the pollsters and media experts all said it would be a hung parliament with the largest minority party struggling with the spoils of unstable power. Strange that the BBC exit poll, when the polling booths closed, predicted the actual result almost spot on with a demonstrative 20,000 of the public taking part.


But there was an already more accurate poll with ‘real people’ carried out in the 6 weeks before polling day. A poll that those same media, political opinion pollsters all ignored. 61,500 FairFuelUK supporters took part in our survey that clearly forecasted a Tory win with UKIP and the SNP getting significant support. Labour and the Lib Dems being hurt the most! The anomalies of the UK first past the post means that UKIP being in many second and third places in votes cast meant for nothing in terms of their Westminster influence.


FairFuelUK’s' true to reality responses' showed that over 8 out of 10 poll respondents said that a Party’s position on motoring issues would impact and partly influence the way they will vote on May 7th. Again this was ignored by all MPs and may have influenced the course of the election result. It was incredible and truly disrespectful that not one of the major Parties included any policy position on fuel duty and support for a fairer pricing at the pumps inquiry in their party manifestos. FairFuelUK supporters were rightly livid with the political prejudice of issues that impact on the economy and 4+ wheels.


In fact, over half of the respondents to FairFuelUK survey thought none of the major Parties were supportive on motoring issues at all. Those that did think that there are any Parties that do empathise with drivers’ concerns, were led by the Conservatives with 15%, followed closely by UKIP 13% and only 6% for Labour. The Lib Dems were the party least likely to be on the side of motorists, even less than the Greens at 1%. Food for thought!


So where does the campaign go from here with the new Tory majority administration?

 

Well, in the survey lies a clue or two. 98% of respondents believe that current fuel duty levels are still too high, with 65% saying that they think fuel duty will definitely be increased after the election. 97% want a full and transparent fuel pump pricing inquiry.

 

The FairFuelUK Campaign and its 1.1m supporters warmly welcome the outcome of the General Election as the best option for the economy, 32m motorists, businesses and the UK Haulage Industry. Fuel duty is frozen until the end of 2015 and any threatened levy increase by an Ed Miliband Government is now not a reality. The Lib Dems also said they would increase fuel duty if in power and it seems that Nick Clegg had been the obstacle to any more cuts taking place whilst in the coalition. See newspaper article right


FairFuelUK will now campaign hard to get a 3p cut in duty with the help of supporting backbenchers in the Tory Party and the consistently supporting MPS from the SNP, DUP and several Labour politicos. In addition FairFuelUK with the backing of the RAC, FTA, RHA and the APN will be calling on the nation’s new MPs to support a full transparent investigation by the CMA (previously the OFT) of the pricing process at the pumps.


In the Sun's editorial directed at David Cameron, they are calling with us for a real cut in fuel duty. See their comment on the left. 

 

Quentin Willson lead campaigner for FairFuelUK said:"Election outcome means Conservatives should continue their low fuel duty policy because FairFuelUK has proved to them it's worked. Let's make sure they keep their promises."


So the risk of a duty rise for hard pressed motorists and hauliers is removed for the immediate future. It is indeed fabulous news but we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to campaign very hard to prove to the Treasury that cutting duty will continue to generate new jobs, lower inflation, increase GDP and stimulate new sources of tax revenue from economic growth.Many new MPs have already contacted us to support FairFuelUK.

 

Spread the word further, people power works. www.fairfueluk.com


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Friday, May 8, 2015



The FairFuelUK Campaign and its 1.1m supporters warmly welcome the outcome of the General Election as the best option for the economy, 32m motorists, businesses and the UK Haulage Industry. Fuel duty is frozen until the end of 2015 and any threatened levy increase by an Ed Miliband Government is now not a reality. The Lib Dems also said they would increase fuel duty if in power and it seems that Nick Clegg had been the obstacle to any more cuts taking place whilst in the coalition.


FairFuelUK will now campaign hard to get a 3p cut in duty with the help of supporting backbenchers in the Tory Party and consistently supporting MPS from the SNP, DUP and several Labour politicos. In addition FairFuelUK with the backing of the RAC, FTA, RHA and the APN will be calling on the nation’s new MPs to support a full transparent investigation by the CMA of the pricing process at the pumps.

 

Quentin Willson lead campaigner for FairFuelUK said: "Election outcome means Conservatives should continue their low fuel duty policy because FairFuelUK has proved to them it's worked. Let's make sure they keep their promises."


Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: "The risk of a duty rise for hard pressed motorists and hauliers is removed for the immediate future. It is indeed fabulous news but we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to campaign very hard to prove to the Treasury that cutting duty will continue to generate new jobs, lower inflation, increase GDP and stimulate new sources of tax revenue from economic growth. Many new MPs have already contacted us to support FairFuelUK. All the pollsters forecasted the election result wide of reality. Whereas in our pre-election campaign poll of 60,000 supporters they predicted the outcome almost spot on.


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Monday, April 27, 2015



 The award winning FairFuelUK Campaign has learned that Labour, the Greens and the Lib Dems are likely to put up fuel duty if in Government, because they feel that pump prices are now low enough to add more tax on motorists without much public opposition.
TO ASK YOUR LOCAL GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE ABOUT THEIR PARTY'S FUEL DUTY POLICY 

In the largest ever survey of UK’s motorists opinions in a lead up to a General Election, it’s clear the repeatedly taken for granted group who make up 70% of the electorate are furious as to why not one of the major UK Political Parties have addressed future fuel duty taxation policy and any support for a full and transparent pricing inquiry at the pumps in their Party Manifesto.
 
Why is that? It can only mean that any new Government intends to hit motorists hard with increased taxation and little support for fairer pricing at the pumps. It is no surprise that more than 50% of FairFuelUK Supporters do not trust any Party to support their concerns after May 7th.
 
Over 61,500 responded to FairFuelUK’s April 2015 General Election Poll. Here are the headline results.
  1. Over 8 out of 10 poll respondents said that a Party’s position on motoring issues would impact and partly influence the way they will vote on May 7th.

  2. Over half of the respondents to FairFuelUK survey thought none of the major Parties were supportive on motoring issues. Those that did think that there are any Parties that do empathise with drivers’ concerns were led by the Conservatives with 15%, followed closely by UKIP 13% and only 6% for Labour. The Lib Dems were the party least likely to be on the side of motorists, even less than the Greens at 1%.

  3. 98% of respondents believe that current fuel duty levels are still too high, with 65% saying that they think fuel duty will definitely be increased after the election.97% want a full and transparent fuel pump pricing inquiry.

  4. Only 1 in 10 blame fuel retailers for recent price changes at the pumps with the major blame targeted at the Government inertia and taxation, Oil Companies and speculators. Virtually all respondents are convinced that when oil prices go up, pump prices rise too quickly and by too much. And when Oil costs fall retail prices drop too slowly and not by enough.

  5. An interesting part of the survey seem to suggest that nearly 8 out of 10 respondents believe that National TV and Radio tend to be seen as anti 4+ wheels and give little airtime coverage to issues that affect 32m UK Motorists and the haulage industry.

Quentin Willson, Popular TV Broadcaster and Lead Campaigner for the FairFuelUK Campaign said:  ‘Labour’s refusal to deny they’d raise fuel duty proves we can’t trust them to run the economy properly. Raising the cost of petrol and diesel means they’ll be ignoring all the academic research FairFuelUK has shown that proves lower fuel costs have raised GDP and helped families and business across the UK not to mention a startling contempt for the 40 million licence holders who rely on cars and vans to get to work. This could be Labour’s most serious election blunder.’ 
 
Howard Cox Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: ‘Labour, the Greens and the Lib Dems will put up fuel duty if in Government, because they feel that pump prices are now so low enough they can add more tax without much public opposition. How stupid is that! Even the Tories and UKIP are only sticking to a freeze in duty till the end of 2015. Not one major Party has written a single paragraph in their election manifestos about motorists and their justifiable concerns. It beggars belief!  Politicians ignore 32m motorists at their peril. In the last 24 hrs more than 25,000 of our supporters have contacted candidates standing in the General Election right across the UK to ask why motorists’ issues are being ignored. Their replies to FairFuelUK supporters according to our latest Poll could dictate the way the election outcome unfolds.’
 
Details of the FairFuelUK’s Poll Findings of 61,500 responses can be seen at  http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfueluk_pre_election_poll_summary.html

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Friday, April 17, 2015



Christine Legarde head of the IMFYou cannot believe this, but we can! Any new UK Government will probably listen to the 'experts' in the IMF and increase Fuel Duty due to falling oil prices. Read on.....it beggars belief 

The International Monetary Fund has urged the U.K to "seize the opportunity" created by falling oil prices to "re-balance the tax burden" from income to fuel.

In an overview of global economic conditions, the IMF sets out fiscal policies it believes are necessary to secure "sustainable economic growth". The organisation says that in advanced economies "a moderate and uneven recovery is taking place, supported by lower oil prices" and fiscal measures. But high debt levels "continue to pose headwinds to growth".

The IMF urges the use of fiscal policy to support growth, "for example, higher public investment in infrastructure could raise aggregate demand in the short-term and increase potential output in the medium-term". And it says that falling oil prices allow countries like the U.K to "reduce negative externalities caused by energy consumption and provide breathing room for re-balancing the tax burden... by lowering taxes on labour and provide space for productive spending".

The main political parties, publishing their manifestos this week, have declined to make commitments on fuel duty, and UKIP did not include a previous pledge to cut it in its manifesto. Council leaders have called for a proportion of fuel duty to be ring-fenced for highway maintenance to bolster revenues as traffic volumes grow.

Article sourced from http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?ID=43427 

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Monday, March 23, 2015



 FairFuelUK Poll 2015

 

Dear FairFuelUK Supporter

We need your help, please take part in the largest ever POLL of UK’s drivers. It really is time to show our MPs and prospective MPs the power of majority opinion and common sense. Help us to produce the biggest survey ever seen at Westminster. The POLL will take just 5 minutes.

It’s clear from our extensive lobbying and contact with MPs and Ministers that the 40m driving license holders will be hit even harder in tax by the next Government.

  • The UK remains the highest fuel duty nation in the EU & developed world
  • The UK has the highest Diesel prices in the EU and the second highest for petrol
  • The UK is the only EU state that charges more for Diesel than Petrol
  • The UK has the lowest take up of greener fuels because of the worst incentives to convert fuels

Despite the Treasury recognising from our extensive presentation of independent economic evidence that cutting fuel prices generates jobs, stimulates GDP and lowers inflation, Westminster rumours abound with post-election tax hikes. Yes you got it, the high spending politcians will be taking more tax from the hard pressed British Motorist after the General Election. We have to present to them that yet again they have got it wrong.

We have already proved directly to the Chancellor and his Ministerial team in our latest 2015 CEBR updated research that the combined effect of lower oil prices and the fuel duty policy since 2011 has saved the typical UK household over £365 a year. With over 26 million households in the UK, this equates to an extra £9.9 billion collective increase in household spending power broken down as follows:

  • Due to the Fuel Duty Policy and as a direct result of the FairFuelUK Campaign = + £3.9bn
  • Due to Recent oil price falls = + £6.0bn


We even asked in a direct letter to Mr Osborne to:

  • "Please commit and state that if you help form the next Government you will freeze fuel duty on all vehicle fuels for the lifetime of the next Parliament. BUT please go further for the continuing benefit to the economy and cut duty on all vehicle fuels throughout the next Parliament by at least 3ppl. Our empirical independent economic evidence and what has been shown to have been achieved in your current term will continue to result in a net benefit to the new Exchequer.”

  • "In your Budget, please lead FairFuelUK’s call for a full and transparent inquiry into how prices at the pumps are managed in relation to the fluctuations of oil prices. This is supported by all Political Parties and has been driven hard by Jason McCartney MP, Martin Vickers MP, Rob Flello MP, Tessa Munt MP and of course by your excellent PPS and FairFuelUK’s good campaigning friend, Robert Halfon MP.”
The Chancellor chose to ignore both requests and has yet to reply to the letter.

So it’s time to really tell the Government of whatever Party or combination of Parties that is elected on May 7th to listen to motorists. 70% of the electorate drive a vehicle. The remainder also need lower pump prices to help with their cost of living. Each MP has 1600 FairFuelUK Supporters in their Constituency. This means in marginal Parliamentary Seats in particular your opinion counts, ‘BIG TIME!’.

Please take part in our POLL. All completed responses will be collated and as soon as we hit a significant high level of response, the findings will be sent to every MP, every Parliamentary Prospective Candidate, the press and media. Thanks as ever. Without your help we'd be paying considerably more.

Quentin Willson and Howard Cox
Founders of the FairFuelUK Campaign

To take part in the quick and easy poll go to this link Some of you may need to copy this link http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpoll.html into your browser as clicking on it, may not work.

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