Road Haulage Association Welcomes Cut in Fuel Duty and Introduction of Fair Fuel Stabiliser

By Road Haulage Association, PRNE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LONDON, March 23, 2011 - "Today's news will certainly get a cautious welcome from UK hauliers,"
said RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning.

The current unrest in the Middle East is seeing oil prices rising on an
almost daily basis. Every $3 on the barrel price equates to an extra 1 penny
per litre at the pump; a cost that the haulier has no choice but to pass on.
Today's cut will go some way to bringing relief to an industry that has quite
literally been fighting for its survival. However, the inflation element has
not been cancelled but simply postponed and we face two sharp increases I
quick succession next year.

"The tireless campaigning that has taken place over the past few months
has paid off; it makes a welcome change for a Chancellor to not only listen,
but to take positive action.

"The RHA's weekly fuel survey shows that costs for a heavy goods vehicle
have risen by GBP2,700 a year in just six weeks! Hauliers have no choice but
to recover these increases through higher haulage rates. We know that other
costs are rising sharply but today's cuts will bring some relief to hauliers
AND their customers."

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