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
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 on Channel 5
Monday, July 6, 2015
see our open letter to the Chancellor, from 1.1m Campaign Supporters, the RAC, FTA, RHA,
APN and Microlise endorsed by 33 MPs listed below, regarding his Fuel Duty
"FairFuelUK and the
undersigned MPs from all Parties warn George Osborne that an inflation based
fuel duty rise in the coming Emergency Budget or in future years will lower
GDP, cost the UK £8 billion in reduced economic activity, raise inflation and
sabotage one of the slowest economic recoveries this country has ever
seen. Even The Treasury has said that the Government’s freeze on duty
since 2011 has improved GDP by 0.5% and that ‘low fuel costs are good for the
economy’. The UK already has the highest duty regimes in the EU, 98% of
FairFuelUK’s 1.1 million supporters believe this is too high and research by
CEBR confirm that fuel duty is already at an unsustainable level. To ignore 37
million drivers, deny the fact we are reliant on a road economy and side-step
haversacks of prestigious academic fiscal research will seem arrogant and
reckless. Before the election this Government trumpeted its policy of
keeping fuel costs low to stimulate growth and jobs. A volte-face now will
appear duplicitous. We urge the Chancellor to be fearless and continue to protect
the UK’s fragile road-based economy by at least freezing fuel duty in the
lifetime of this Parliament. However he must consider a real cut in this levy,
the economist’s preferred choice and proven to spawn prolonged growth tax
revenue for the Exchequer.”
Willson (TVBroadcaster, Journalist and FairFuelUK Campaigner)
Cox (Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign)
Burnett CEO RHA.FairFuelUK
Wells CEO FTA.FairFuelUK
Bizley Chief EngineerRAC.FairFuelUK
Pallet Networks.FairFuelUK Campaign backer
Harbey MD MicroliseLtd.
FairFuelUK Campaign backer
Here is a list of MPs from all Parties
supporting FairFuelUK’s call for Fuel Duty sense. They signed at the
FairFuelUK Campaign’s Pre Budget Reception in Portcullis House, July 1st2015. That was attended by 70 MPs
Flello (L) MP
David Amess (C)
Gerald Kaufman (L)
Peter Bottomley (C)
A full breakdown of the
FairFuelUK Campaign messages sent to all MPs and actively supported by 146 MPs
including those listed above can be downloaded at http://www.fairfueluk.com/index6.html
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The commodity’s decline in price has left consumers feeling that they have more cash in their pocket and also lowered costs for businesses.
For 5 years we have been campaigning and lobbying decision makers that lower pump prices are good for our economy. Time and time again the "experts" come out and agree with our evidence. here is yet another top economics guru saying the same.
"A fall in oil price is like a tax cut. Why? It leaves income in the pocket of consumers because they’re spending less on other things: petrol in their cars, heating costs,” said Trevor Williams, chief economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial. "Firms face lowers costs too because clearly their input prices, either fuel or energy and so on, are low. So firms and households benefit when oil prices fall.” While there is widespread optimism that the UK will continue on its current path, Williams pointed out that the current recovery was not as good as previous ones. "The economy is currently 4% bigger than it was in the period just prior to the recession. So if we’re looking at the 2008 first quarter, the economy is now 4% larger, it’s good news. And some revisions recently suggest it may be a bit bigger than that. "But this recovery is not as strong as previous recoveries: the 1990s recovery or the 1980s recovery, and the reason is clear: it’s due to the nature of the downturn that we had…”
Travel companies are also likely to benefit from the growth in the middle classes, as the economies of the developing world continue to flourish. "The world economy continues to grow and therefore the number of people who can afford to travel continues to grow alongside it,” Williams said. He also pointed out that consumer confidence remains high, which was aided by a resilient labour market. "You’re not going to get an increase in consumer confidence unless you get falling unemployment and rising employment, and that’s what the UK has had.” Williams was speaking at a joint seminar held by Lloyds Bank and the Association of ATOL Companies.
Full article at http://www.ttgdigital.com/news/falling-oil-prices-help-boost-uk-economy/4697649.article
Monday, June 15, 2015
Dark clouds are gathering for diesel
drivers. Media attention over NOx and particulate emissions plus recent EU
rulings on UK air quality have brought the damaging effects of diesel into the
mainstream. And there’s a very real possibility that Westminster will use the
current tide of anti-diesel sentiment as a reason to hike duty. Trouble is,
over 50% of all the cars registered in the UK run on diesel and any tax
increase on derv-powered cars and vans will cost consumers hundreds of
millions. Not to mention the increase in costs to hauliers who rely on diesel
more than anybody.
Diesel particulates – that’s the tiny black
particles you see coming from tail pipes on acceleration – are a public health
issue and the cause of asthma and thousands of premature deaths across Europe.
In fact we don’t know how damaging PM10s are to our respiratory systems because
not enough research has been done. Something
clearly has to change but instead of taking the easy option and blaming the car
industry we need to understand why this has happened in the first place.
Back in 2001, Gordon Brown lowered the tax
on lower sulphur diesel because the thinking then was that increasing diesel
use would help lower CO2 emissions and reduce global warming. Remember how back
then CO2 and climate change was seen as a huge threat to the world? Well, that
policy change made millions of drivers switch to diesel and pushed the prevalence
of diesel cars and vans to 50% of the entire UK car park. Carmakers in the UK
simply reacted to demand and started selling more diesel cars than petrol.
Labour’s fuel duty escalators continually pushed up the price of fuel so
drivers became even more attracted to diesel because of its higher MPG figures.
And those policy changes from 2001 to 2011 are why diesel cars have become so
widely used in this country. You can’t blame the car manufacturers.
Instead of trying to reduce diesel use by
higher taxation we need to look at the oldest and most polluting cars, vans,
buses and trucks as the biggest cause of particulate pollution and get them off
the road. We need a diesel scrappage scheme to remove the oldest and dirtiest
diesels from our cities and incentivise consumers and businesses to buy newer
cleaner models. Because, and here’s the thing, consumers shouldn’t be blamed
for following the government’s advice and changing to diesel. However well
intentioned that advice may have been, history has proved it ill-informed, and
17 million car drivers shouldn’t be financially penalised because of that. They
simply thought they were doing the right thing.
There’s a real risk here that the UK car
industry will be damaged, consumers will be disadvantaged, residual values of
diesels will collapse and any increase in diesel fuel duty will reduce growth
and GDP. This doomsday scenario could quickly unravel and cost the UK economy
several billion. This is an issue that needs to be handled very carefully
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
If ever there was a vindication of what
we’ve been saying for the last four years about Westminster politicians being
completely disconnected from the burden of road fuel costs, its Andy Burnham’s
recent tragic howler on the current cost of a litre of unleaded.
leader-in-waiting told a union conference that petrol was £1.60 a litre, when
its actually £1.16p.
His audience rightly greeted this revealing slip up with a
hail of booing. And the sad, inescapable truth here is that too many of our
politicians still don’t understand how important transport costs are to the UK
To get the figure wrong by over 40p doesn’t
just show he can’t be spending much time on a forecourt, it also reveals an
ignorance of just how serious £1.60 a litre would be to families and businesses
across the country. Such a high price
per litre would have crippled the economy, raised inflation, hiked interest
rates and sent firms and individuals into bankruptcy and insolvency. That he’s
obviously been labouring under this high priced misconception for some time
shows that he just isn’t engaged or aware of what the price of petrol and
diesel means to the rest of us. This is a deeply telling mistake that doesn’t
reflect well on the London political class at all.
FairFuelUK has known that our politicians
are out of touch but never in our wildest imaginings did we think they’d be
this detached from the everyday realities of transport costs. This incident proves
that we need to continue educating ministers and MPs on how expensive fuel and
how it affects all our lives. The irony here is that if FairFuel hadn’t lobbied
so hard to suspend all Labour’s planned duty rises since 2011, petrol would
indeed by £1.60 a litre, Andy Burnham would have been spot on and the economy
would have crumbled to dust.
We’re absolutely right to campaign for
lower fuel costs for the UK and keep pushing London to grasp how growth, jobs
and prosperity are conditional on affordable transport. Because if we didn’t
the £1.60 litre would be a terrible and intolerable reality. We should all
understand the seriousness of Mr Burnham’s mistake – its proof that politicians
still aren’t listening to the UK fuel debate and it’s our duty to make sure
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