Freight and Logistics groups support fuel protest
By: Richard Towey
08 March 2012
FairFuel UK's latest protest against the increase in fuel prices was deemed a success, as groups from logistics and freight companies gathered outside Parliament in support.
Workers in logistics, freight and various other driving jobs joined the hundreds protesting against the rise of motoring tax; with the price-per-litre now at a record high of 137.79p.
Speaking on behalf of the Royal Haulage Association (RHA), chief executive Geoff Dunning said: "The aim of yesterday's lobby was to make as many MPs as possible aware of the results of the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) report."
Commissioned by FairFuelUK, the report is being used as a key tool by campaigners, who believe cutting fuel duty could generate more tax revenues from across the wider economy.
The document, which is available to read at fairfuel.co.uk, also claims that cutting the duty could save UK truck operators £300 million annually; allowing growth for 180,000 new jobs.
The results are based on a 2.5p cut, whereas a 5p cut could create 300,000 jobs, according to pressassociation.com.
Talking of its delivery, Dunning said: "This is a win-win situation, we are presenting the Chancellor with a solution that helps the man and woman in the street, that helps business productivity and helps boost the economy."
He concluded: "Of course there is still more to do, but we can go forward with real confidence."
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