Fuel cuts e-Petition gains support

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A petition asking the Government to scrap planned fuel duty increases is receiving considerable support on the government’s new e-Petition site, as the third highest petition with 60,581 signatures at the time of writing.

The new government initiative means if the e-Petition receives 100,000 or more supporters, it will force a full debate in Parliament on the issue, subject to a special committee’s approval.

The petition, started by MP Robert Halfon and FairFuelUK on August 5, asks the government to scrap the planned 4p per litre fuel duty increases scheduled for January and August 2012 and to implement actions to bring down and stabilise fuel prices.

Quentin Willson, leader of the FairFuelUK campaign said:

“The government has a golden opportunity to boost growth, reduce inflation and give the economy the kickstart it deserves by getting fuel prices down.”

James Hookham of the Freight Transport Assosciation, said of the petition: “Commercial vehicle operators whose businesses hang in the balance are being forced to make some tough decisions.

“High fuel taxes are doing massive damage to the economy. If the rises go ahead we will effectively be pricing ourselves off the road to recovery.”