Release Date: 02 February 2011
Release ID: 5128
As fuel prices soar to new heights Quentin Willson is taking the fight for a fairer deal on fuel back to the heart of Government. On Tuesday 8th Feb 2011 at 11.00am Quentin will lead a delegation from the FairFuelUK campaign to lobby the Treasury with a 20ft long banner and hand in a letter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The banner will show a picture of a fuel tanker set out as a graphic which shows the enormous proportion of fuel cost accounted for by fuel duty. The letter will urge the Chancellor to abandon the massive hike in Fuel Duty planned for April and to announce measures to bring down and stabilise the cost of fuel – the two main aims of the FairFuelUK campaign.
Quentin Willson said:
“This has become a major national issue. Oil has passed $100 a barrel and pump prices are surging - we have thousands of new people signing up support every day. The increasing cost of fuel is strangling the economy, stoking up inflation and really hurting businesses and the public. The Government need to act boldly and rule out that April increase immediately to give people and businesses confidence.”
The FairFuelUK campaign is backed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the Freight Transport Association (FTA), The Fuel Card Company and the RAC together with a host of other businesses, trade bodies and tens of thousands of the motoring public.
Peter Carroll, organiser of the campaign, said: “The Government appear to be listening but it is absolutely vital that everyone who supports a fairer deal on fuel prices helps us to keep the pressure on by signing up on www.fairfueluk.com – we will only win if we can show the Government the strength and depth of feeling on this subject.”
Geoff Dunning of the RHA said: “This is a campaign for everyone but to make a difference everyone MUST sign up to the petition. The recovery of the economy AND its long term future rely massively on stable fuel prices. Paying a fair price for fuel should not be regarded as a luxury.”
Theo de Pencier of the FTA said: “This Campaign has already demonstrated that there is a swell of support from the public and from business, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. It is within the Government’s gift to loosen the noose from around the industry’s neck but this will only happen if we all come together and make our voices heard.”
At 1.00pm on the 8th Feb Quentin and the FairFuelUK team will hand deliver another letter to Parliament, one for every MP. The letter will be the second in two weeks and will set out the strength of feeling in the country on the fuel crisis.
Adrian Tink of the RAC said: "Up and down the country motorists are being greeted with record fuel prices, virtually on a daily basis. For many of Britain’s 34 million drivers travelling by car is not a choice - it is a necessity. That fact needs realising and it needs acting upon. The Chancellor needs to show he understands the pain that UK drivers are feeling at the pumps - and that means scrapping the April fuel duty rise as a tangible statement of intent."
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