Government need to keep fuel duty frozen in Budget, says FairFuelUK's Howard Cox

Government need to keep fuel duty frozen in Budget, says FairFuelUK's Howard Cox
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 03/03/2024

- 09:37

The founder of FairFuelUK has called on the Government to keep fuel duty frozen in the forthcoming Budget to stimulate the economy.

Howard Cox told GB News: “It's simple. For 14, 15 years we've managed to keep fuel duty frozen by objective campaigning and proving to the Government that lower fuel costs actually stimulate the economy, reduce the inflation, encourage investment, and increase GDP.

“It's a no-brainer, as everyone knows if you've got more money in your pocket, you're going to spend it, give it to businesses who are going to pay more growth taxes in Corporation Tax.

“We've done the same thing again, but this time, I'm really pleased to say that 40 heavyweight politicians are behind it, 37 MPs and three top Lords, including people like Lord David Frost, John Redwood.”

Cox, also Reform UK’s candidate in the London mayoral election, also welcomed London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s comments about a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in Lambeth “causing huge problems” for buses.

He told Nana Akua: “Well, there is a tacit admission, we're seeing that, they're realising it, LTNs, all they're doing is moving the traffic elsewhere, causing more congestion, therefore more emissions.

“All the sorts of things any common sense [person] like you and I would recognise and he should listen to.

“But obviously, you know what he's like. He's got a huge ego, and for the man to admit that he's wrong, I’m sorry, it's going to take a lot longer.”

On news that 500 electric buses are being recalled due to safety concerns, he said: “The DVSA are worried about the safety. We've seen three or four of these in bus stations and on the road, just spontaneously combusting and the point is these were introduced too quickly without the proper critical safety analysis.

“They didn't do that and that's why the DVSA are saying we can't do this. This is happening around the world, it's not just these buses. Each of these buses costs £450,000 - nearly half a million pounds.”


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