Campaign Group Finalise Plans for Lobby of Parliament

Van drivers and commercial drivers from across the UK will boost the ranks of motorists planning to lobby the Houses of Parliament next month as the national campaign for fair fuel prices plans a mass lobby of MPs and Government Ministers.

The FairFuelUK group has galvanised protesters from all over the country to join their fight against the high level of fuel duty imposed by the Government, and on Wednesday March 7th 2012, which is a year to the day their online petition hit the 1 million signatures target, they will amass in the Old Palace Yard directly opposite the Houses of Parliament and commence their action.

The group who now list the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as their main sponsors will contain thousands of van drivers who have struggled to keep their businesses afloat as motoring costs have escalated in the last couple of years.

Quentin Wilson, one of the leaders of the campaign, said “All through last year we told the Government that this would happen. They abandoned rises in fuel tax but this diesel price surge has shown that was not enough. Businesses can at least hunt round for competitive commercial vehicle insurance, with fuel they can’t. The Government needs to cut fuel duty decisively now. The politicians need to see the level of despair and anger on this vital issue.”

The lobby is taking place exactly a fortnight before Chancellor George Osborne makes his budget speech to the House of Commons. The FairFuelUK campaigners hope the lobby will attract sufficient numbers to convince the Chancellor that another rise in fuel duty is out of the question and instead he considers bringing the taxes on fuel down.

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