Fuel duty to be frozen for a ninth year in a row

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The average United Kingdom petrol price is now 130.6p-per-litre, while diesel is 134.5p. Today I can confirm that in the budget later this month, the chancellor will freeze fuel duty again.

Theresa May has announced that fuel duty is to remain frozen.

"Greener Journeys' research shows that the government's continued freeze on fuel duty has caused there to be 4% more traffic and an additional 4.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and 12,000 tonnes of harmful NOx emissions, by encouraging people to abandon public transport in favour of their cars".

The fuel duty freeze marks the ninth year in a row that tax on fuel will not rise, with the Prime Minister saying that a vehicle is a necessity, "not a luxury", for millions of people.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also said it will come at a cost to HMRC coffers: "This has come at a significant cost to the Exchequer, but the high oil price and the near-record pump price of petrol and diesel are also imposing a significant burden on motorists".

The newspaper also reported that Mrs May said she was showing families she was "on their side" and that the savings would bring "peace of mind". She said: "For millions of people, their auto is not a luxury".

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RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: "We are pleased the Prime Minister has listened to the RAC and millions of motorists by freezing fuel duty for another year".

"The high pump prices are already forcing many families to cut back on journeys, household expenditure or both".

"A dark cloud is hanging over forecourts as oil is at a four-year high and there is lots of volatility in the exchange rate due to the increasing tension of the Brexit negotiations".

The move has, however, been criticised the Green Party. Roadside air pollution is causing up to 50,000 early deaths a year, and we know that cars and vans are the primary cause. "We urge the Government to show leadership and make the right decision".

"Many people in towns and cities across our country can not take these for granted".

"Instead of paying for petrol, she should be investing that money into modernising our creaking public transport network and making our streets safe for walking, cycling and breathing".

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