Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow has successfully led a debate in parliament on the high cost of petrol and diesel.
Speaking after the debate Mr Halfon said, ‘We want a fair deal for fuel for motorists and businesses. I made the case in the strongest possible terms that there should be no more rises in fuel duty during the rest of this Parliament. A key aim in the FairFuelUK Campaign. Petrol and diesel are necessities for everyone in my own community of Harlow and for the whole country. As well as no more rises in fuel duty, I am urging that the Government sets up a Commission into why fuel prices at the pump are still far too high, even though oil has fallen on the international markets and to examine alternatives to rising fuel duty'.
Peter Carroll of FairFuelUK.com said, ‘Motorists and businesses are rightly furious that Oil prices have fallen, but pump prices still remain very high. Nearly every MP present at the debate agreed with the call for more transparency in the market so that hard pressed motorists and businesses can see ‘who' is taking ‘what' out of the price of a litre. FairFuelUK strongly supported the call by Mr Halfon that the Government should commit to no more rises at all in fuel duty in this Parliament. The plan is that fuel duty will rise in January. We have to stop that rise'.
FairFuelUK is supported by the RAC, the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association together with nearly 160,000 members of the public. Justine Greening MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, replied in the debate on behalf of the Government and acknowledged the role of FairFuelUK in the run up to this years Budget.
Several MPs made special mention of the plight of UK road hauliers who are being undercut by foreign lorries that are pouring into the UK with tanks full fuel bought on the continent at up to 24pence per litre lower duty levels.
Peter Carroll added, ‘This debate was just the start of a long battle in Parliament. All our recent polling quite clearly shows that the cost of fuel is right at the top of people's agenda. We urge everyone who is suffering from the effects of high fuel prices to sign up their support at www.fairfueluk.com