DON’T punish the sector that’s keeping the UK going. That’s the plea from the RHA, representing the CV drivers responsible for keeping store shelves stocked, front-line healthcare workers supplied with PPE, and getting fuel to filling stations. But while they endeavour to keep things going for the rest of the population, they themselves are really struggling.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Last April, as Covid-19 tightened its grip on the UK, we asked industry as a whole how it was coping. The results were startling – 50% of the UK’s trucks were laid up and drivers being laid off, or furloughed.
“For an industry that has to make every single penny count, the effect of a fuel duty increase of just 1p per litre will be devastating and will mean the end of the road for many operators.”