Motorhome owners were amongst the thousands of motorists supporting the first National FairFuel Day last week when lobbyists from all factions of the motor industry came together to protest about the ever increasing taxes motorists in the UK are facing.
The day started with leaders of the campaign delivering a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to number 10 Downing Street. The report claims that a cut in fuel duty by just a couple of pence would actually benefit the country dramatically, creating up to 180,000 jobs and raising the Gross Domestic Product by about one third of a percent.
Quentin Wilson, spokesman for the FairFuel Campaign and former Top Gear presenter, said “We have shared the findings of this report with MPs and Ministers. However, with only weeks to go to the Budget, we are concerned that the Government is not listening and not taking on board the significance of these findings. For months, the Government has been wheeling out the same old argument that it can’t afford to cut duty. Here is concrete evidence that it can make such a cut. This research shows that a cut in fuel duty won’t cost the Treasury a penny. It can cut duty AND do any of the other options if it so wishes. So it is wrong of the Government to say it’s a choice between a fuel duty cut and other measures. It can, and should cut fuel duty now.”
The scenes outside the Houses of Parliament later in the day demonstrated that motorists are no longer prepared to just accept that motoring costs such as fuel and motorhome insurance must go up. Already many motorists spend time looking for good deals on their motor insurance but cannot do the same with fuel. The Chancellor knows what he is expected to do on March 21st the question is will he do it?