Political Think Tank Wants Us To Pay More For Our Petrol

Mon 12th Aug 2019

A political pressure group has called for an end to the fuel duty freeze which has kept petrol and diesel prices at acceptable limits.

The Think Tank, Bright Blue has produced a controversial report which is aimed at helping the UK reduce air-pollution and encourage more car owners to convert to electric vehicles.

The ‘Emission Impossible’ report, which is guiding the current government suggests a range of measures, including higher fines for drivers who leave their engines idling, reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in urban areas and removing VAT on electric cars.

But it is the abolition of the fuel duty freeze which has campaigners and the driving public up in arms. More than half of what a driver currently pays at the pump is made up of tax, but the Think Tank believes that the freeze has saved the nation’s drivers around £6billion. The tax is currently frozen at 57.95p per litre, but if the pressure group advice is taken on board, the cost of driving could increase significantly.

One campaign group has labelled the plans as ‘ill-informed. Speaking to thisismoney.co.uk, Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK said:  “It [the report] is riddled with inaccuracies and emotive statements. 

“The author of the report too, is unavailable for discussion as he has "jetted" away on holiday. How’s that for hypocrisy in improving air quality?”
Cox also pointed out that political campaigns and schemes such as the ULEZ have not had a major effect, with emissions increasing instead of declining.

“It's hard to know why this has happened,” said FairFuelUK’s founder Howard Cox. “But it proves that punishing drivers simply isn't working. 

“They’ve merely levied a toxic charge that's poisoning the good will of motorists, truckers and motorcyclists, for no benefit to the environment or health.”

Mr Cox added: “Your out of touch multi millionaire rock star backers, should understand that increasing tax, hits the low income consumers and workers the hardest. But what do they care, as they jump on their private jets.”