London – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the news from today’s budget that the 3p increase in fuel duty planned for September this year will not go ahead.
Peter Quantrill, Director General of the trade association for UK freight forwarding companies says: “Over the last 12 months the government has twice postponed fuel duty increases.
“I hope that today’s scrapping of September’s planned increase is a sign that the government will now eliminate fuel duty rises for the rest of this parliament.
“That would go someway to delivering the sort of long term certainty that our association’s members want, but it does not mean that we will stop asking for an outright cut, the introduction of an essential user rebate and some form of fuel duty stabilisation mechanism.”
Prior to the budget, BIFA expressed hope that the budget would bring some positive news about investment in transport infrastructure and Quantrill also welcomed the news that the government will allocate an extra £3billion every year from 2015-2016 to 2020 to infrastructure projects including roads and railways.