From The BBC:
Jo Tanner, Freight Transport Association: “It could be the end of the road”
A two pence rise in fuel duty will come into effect from midnight, the third increase in nine months.Stephen Glaister, director of road users’ pressure group RAC Foundation, told the BBC the government’s latest rise “will hit everybody hard”. When VAT is included, the increase will actually total 2.3p. The average price of petrol across the UK is about 105p per litre. The government says the extra duty is needed to help fund public investment. ‘Huge effect’AA president Edmund King said the timing of the rise was “pretty dire”, at a time when the UK economy was trying to exit recession.
Mr King said its members were already having to cut back on car journeys due to the high price of fuel, and that this would only increase following the latest rise, meaning the government’s revenues will not actually rise. The Petrol Retailers Association pointed ou…