Campaigners call for fuel duty cut

Motorists angry about high fuel taxes and rocketing petrol and diesel prices are taking their campaign to the Prime Minister.

At 10 Downing Street, members of FairFuelUK will hand over a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) which says 180,000 jobs could result from a reduction in fuel duty of 2.5p per litre.

The group will then go to Westminster to urge MPs to lobby ministers about the fact that average petrol prices have reached a new high of 137.44p a litre at a time when drivers are struggling with car insurance and other motoring costs.

RAC technical director David Bizley warned that motorists are facing "dark days at Britain's forecourts" with a record fuel price "seemingly a daily event". He urged Chancellor George Osborne to ease the pressure in his upcoming Budget.

He said: "The spectre of a further fuel duty increase in August is unthinkable for the millions of motorists that are having to make daily choices on what trips they take and how to afford to take them."

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