Sunday Mirror 2nd June 2013. Quentin Willson's Column
On the same day (3rd June) that Robert Halfon MP is moving an amendment to the Energy Bill, FairFuelUK will be unveiling a giant fuel receipt (outside Parliament at 10.30am) with VAT and Fuel Duty separately listed (see photo below) to fully show the total Government's take in tax every time we fill up our cars and vehicles. With approaching 60% of the price made up in tax, this has to be clearly shown on every pump receipt.
Quentin Willson lead spokesman of FairFuelUK said: "A good Government should never be afraid of transparency. To deny UK consumers this insight into where their money goes would be deeply remiss. There's a moral imperative here that shouldn't be ignored."
Robert Halfon MP, parliamentary campaigner for lower pump prices and long time supporter of FairFuelUK said: "This Government has done the right thing by cutting fuel duty in 2011 and freezing it over the past two years. However, everybody knows that fuel duty is a toxic tax, as fuel costs the average motorist £1700 a year (one-tenth of their income). Yet the greedy oil companies must take some responsibility. Why is it that fuel prices have continued to increase when fuel duty has been frozen? This is why I proposed legislation in the House of Commons for fuel receipts to clearly show the amount of fuel duty paid paid, and how much of it is spent on road maintenance, and how much of it is creamed off by the oil companies." Robert Halfon introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill back in October 2012 calling for the same tax transparency with 20,000 FairFuelUK Supporters signing up to support him at the time in just 48 Hours.