‘Christmas gift’ to road hauliers

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TRANSPORT organisations have welcomed the decision to cancel January’s planned three pence per litre fuel duty increase.

James Hookham, of the Freight Transport Association, said: “This early Christmas gift from the Chancellor is a good start, but we will not let this issue go. Spiralling fuel costs have a devastating impact on haulage businesses, their customers and ultimately everyone through the price of goods on the shelves.”

Institute of Advanced Motorists’ chief executive, Simon Best, added: “Cancelling the rise in fuel duty will help to keep Britain’s economy moving.

“It’s not just good news for motorists - from supermarket food deliveries to life-saving emergency services, the nation depends on its roads. This is a saving for everyone.”