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 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.
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FairFuelUK team has to report some shocking news.
Parliament and the Government seem reluctant to commit to a
date for a debate on cheaper petrol & diesel. This is despite our achieving the required 100,000 signatures on the ePetition
and despite the best efforts of Robert Halfon MP who champions our cause in the
Commons. The formal decision to allocate the Parliamentary time rests
with the Back Bench Business Committee of the House of Commons. After two
meetings of this committee, we appear to be no
nearer to securing our debate on this vital issue. The Chair of the
committee has advised that the Government has not given enough time slots to
believe that this situation is outrageous and
The hard-pressed families and businesses of the UK
that have supported this campaign in their tens of thousands are understandably
not too interested in the finer points of who decides what about this debate be
it in the Government or the Back Bench Committee. We feel that between them,
the Government and Parliament should come together to do the right thing in
Robert Halfon (Harlow, Conservative) : Following my question to the Prime Minister yesterday, may we have an urgent debate on petrol prices and how they are hitting public services? Last year, the police spent £78 million on motoring fuel and it could hit £90 million this year
Harlow MP Robert Halfon pressed the Prime Minister on the urgent need to make sure that Oil companies pass on reductions in the price of Oil to British drivers and hauliers during Prime Ministers questions on Wednesday 29th June. He also took the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister to further delay and scrap the inflationary rise in fuel duty planned for January 2012. This rise could add another 3p per litre to the cost of fuel.
With the House packed, Mr Halfon asked, ‘Given the high cost of petrol, which is crucifying motorists in Harlow and across the country, will my Honourable Friend support the FairFuelUK campaign, to urge oil companies to reduce petrol prices at the pump in line with market prices, and review the 3 pence increase next January?'
Only a few weeks ago, Mr Halfon was instrumental in securing a debate in the Commons on the issue of how high petrol and diesel prices were hurting motorists, hauliers and UK business in general.
Quentin Willson, leader of the FairFuelUK campaign welcomed the Parliamentary support demonstrated by Mr Halfon's question saying, ‘Finally the government supports FairFuelUK. They're admitting that high fuel prices have become a national and social issue. But let's not let them blame the big oil companies for everything. We know who takes the lion share out of every litre!'
Geoff Dunning of the Road Haulage Association said, ‘The fact that the Prime Minister was confronted by this question today is proof that the FairFuelUK campaign is having a real impact. The UK economy and the road hauliers that support it desperately need fuel prices that are affordable and stable, so we will be keeping up the fight to get the planned fuel duty rise in January 2012 scrapped'.
Theo de Pencier of the Freight Transport Association said, ‘The FTA is delighted that this issue has been raised in Prime Minister's Questions and that the FairFuelUK Campaign is being recognised as a credible voice in this critical issue. The Prime Minister's assurance that the government will do everything in its power to bring down the price of fuel is a good start and we look forward to working with government to see this aim realised.'
The FairFuelUK campaign is supported by the RAC and the two bodies that represent the UK road freight industry, the RHA and the FTA. Between them the RHA and FTA have over 20,000 members. The campaign also enjoys the support of over 168,000 members of the public.
Peter Carroll, organiser of the FairFuelUK campaign said, ‘FairFuelUK is taking the fuel battle to where it matters
I write to you again as spokesman for the FairFuelUK campaign to counsel caution over the rising prices of petrol and diesel. The token duty cut in the Budget offered no solace whatsoever to consumers and pump prices continue to soar. The issue of how working families can fund their everyday mobility is still a major social concern that could easily spiral out of control. We hear that direct action is being planned by groups less equitable than ours and there's gloomy talk of blockading refineries and social unrest. To allow this disaffection to spill out onto the streets would be both remiss and regrettable and benefit nobody. It could be a disaster.
The punitive level of UK fuel duty is affecting inflation, growth, confidence, discretionary spending and threatening the bedrock of our economic recovery. You must now begin an open dialogue to manage and control this socially corrosive problem. The irresistible forces of oil future speculation, unrest in the Middle East and demand from emerging economies, means that oil will never be cheap again. Left unchecked these forces could take the UK to a very dark place.
As a matter of urgency, on behalf of 155,000 supporters (increasing 1000 per day), 25,000 freight haulage businesses and nearly 3 million visitors to our Facebook page, we respectfully ask for a constructive meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss resolving this issue before it becomes overwhelming.