Budget: Fuel duty frozen for the 11th consecutive year
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has said fuel duty will be frozen for the 11th consecutive year, as part of his 2021 Budget.
However, future fuel duty rates are likely to be considered to help reach net-zero emissions by 2050, so this may be the last year without a rise.
Commenting, Howard Cox, Founder of FairFuelUK, Secretary for the APPG for Fair Fuel, said: “It would be churlish, not to thank the Chancellor and the Prime Minister for maintaining the freeze in Fuel Duty for a 10th successive year. It has been a tortuous campaigning journey convincing the Treasury year after year that this fiscal policy has positively benefitted the economy.”
Howard Cox continues: “Motorists, van drivers and truckers across the UK will be pleased at this protracted decision from the Chancellor. They will hope this is just the start of more pro motoring policies, which have been sadly lacking in this Parliament. The cost of navigating our roads still remains the highest in the world and drivers continue to be demonised for all environmental ills by mis-informed politicians, but continuing the cap on duty will be warmly welcomed.”
“Now is the time for Ministers - Grant Shapps, Rishi Sunak and George Eustice - to consult with UK’s 37m drivers through FairFuelUK regarding the future of road transport taxation and vehicle fuel policy. They must start seeing motorists as part of the solution and to stop making policy based on huge and biased lobbying pressure from the very well financed environmental lobby, that uses emotion not science to push their ill-informed green political agenda."