17 NOV 2017

Chancellor must not raise fuel duty

Drivers in Dover and Deal must not be hit with a hike in fuel duty. Fuel duty has been frozen for the past seven years. The Chancellor Philip Hammond must decide whether to continue with this policy in his Budget on November 22nd.

I have long campaigned to stop any rise in the tax on petrol and diesel, which would hit families and small businesses hardest. I met with FairFuelUK campaigners Quentin Wilson and Howard Cox at their Parliamentary reception last week. They are concerned that drivers of diesel cars could be hit with additional higher taxes due to concerns over air quality.

Whether they have petrol or diesel cars, we need a fair deal on fuel for drivers across the nation. Many families and small businesses in Dover and Deal are dependent on their vehicles. It's important that people who live in big cities understand how important cars and vans are to people in the regions. That's why fuel duty must stay frozen for an eighth year running – and diesel drivers should not be hit with unfair taxes.

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