THE RHA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that fuel duty is to be frozen for another year.

Commenting, chief executive Richard Burnett said: ‘As a founding member and funder of campaigning group FairFuelUK, I am pleased that our close collaboration has once again paid off.’

‘The news will also come as a relief to thousands of UK haulage operators working to incredibly tight margins. However, it’s still a case of ‘good, but no cigar,’ Richard Burnett continued. ‘While a freeze is welcome, what we really need is a fuel duty cut.’

But at 57.95 pence per litre, the UK still has the highest level of fuel duty in Europe, making it impossible to level the playing field with our European counterparts. We are calling for an essential users’ rebate for lorries and other essential vehicles such as ambulances, to bring UK fuel duty into line with Germany: the EU’s most successful economy where fuel duty is 15 pence per litre cheaper.

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