Trade groups support call for quick resolution on fuel crisis

HTA supports continued pressure on Government to reduce transport costs

The HTA is supporting continued pressure on the Government to reduce transport costs across the country. Through their trades associations, fleet operators are asking chancellor Gordon Brown to speed up plans that will reduce diesel duty and help cushion rising costs. HTA director general David Gwyther said: “This has our full support. We are committed to helping growers reduce costs, particularly in the face of stronger competition from overseas and some hauliers being able to use cheaper fuel. “We are working with the Freight Transport Association [FTA] on this and will be looking at the situation in Europe, and looking at good practice in all areas including haulage.” FTA external affairs director Geoff Dossetter said: “We have had a steep increase in the cost of diesel because of what has been happening to the oil price and it would be helpful to introduce the rebate as soon as possible.” The entire haulage industry is concerned about rising costs. Duty on diesel is seen as a vital part of reducing costs in the face of fierce competition. The possible rebate is linked to a road-charging scheme, and the Government has made it clear that the heaviest polluters will pay more.

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