Monday, January 03, 2011

Prospect of Fuel Protests Rises

A campaign group of farmers and hauliers which was behind the fuel blockades a decade ago has threatened new action against the rises, while a cross-party group of MPs has called for the Government to help motorists and essential road users by cutting fuel duty.

The Scottish and Welsh Assembly governments have also joined calls for a cut in duty.

On Saturday fuel duty rose by 0.76p a litre, while on Tuesday VAT will go up from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

The combination of both tax hikes will put around 3.5p on the average cost of a litre of unleaded petrol, which had already hit a record high of 124.16p last week – more than 14 per cent on a year ago.

Diesel stood at an average of 128.35p a litre. Further increases in fuel duties are planned in April.'


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