Budget 2015 - AA welcomes fuel duty freeze
The coalition has done its ‘fuel duty’ by shielding drivers from some of the impact of volatile fuel prices over the past four years by freezing fuel duty and we welcome the further freeze and cancellation of the scheduled fuel duty rise for September 2015.
An AA-Populus motoring panel survey of 17,874 AA members found that 81% worried that fuel duty and Vehicle Excise Duty will increase following the election in May – 49% of the sample being very worried. Among lower-income drivers, the concern rises to 87%.
Meanwhile, AA members have called for two-thirds of fuel duty to be invested in roads – financing road resurfacing, repairs, drainage, cycleways, electric car infrastructure and other developments that would make road travel and mobility safer, cheaper, more reliable and less polluting.
the continued four-year fuel duty freeze allows the Coalition to dodge the fuel-protest bullet
Edmund King, AA president
"With petrol and diesel prices surging and falling by more than 35p a litre since 2010, the continued four-year fuel duty freeze allows the Coalition to dodge the fuel-protest bullet ,” says Edmund King, the AA’s president.
The AA also welcomed plans to publish a transport strategy for the north and company car incentives for ‘greener’ cars. Incentives for North Sea oil investment and driverless cars research is also welcome.
The AA is disappointed that drivers going to Wales will continue to be taxed when they cross the Severn Bridge after 2018. It was hoped that, unlike Dartford, tolls would be abolished after 2018 when the project reverts to public ownership – in other words, when users have paid for it.
“At least white van man will find his tolls reduced under the proposals announced today - in Scotland all drivers and businesses benefit from toll free crossings so why not those in England and Wales?” said King.
(18 March 2015)