|London, 10 Apr 2002.
For immediate release.
Of course, the government's favoured anti-car advisory groups will say that prices must remain high to discourage car use. The government's own figures show however that it is a fallacy to believe that fuel prices have any effect upon traffic growth. Last year pump prices fell by around 20%. During this period underlying traffic growth FELL to 1.2%*. This represents a 40% decrease from the 2% growth of the previous year and during each year of the fuel tax escalator!
ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said:
"The only people affected by high fuel taxes are the poorest members of society, usually those who need their car the most, living where there are no alternatives. The UK has the second most expensive unleaded fuel in Europe and by far the most expensive diesel (Source Ceefax). Even if the chancellor were to cut 8p from the price of a litre in the budget we would still have the third highest unleaded fuel prices. Gordon Brown should cut taxes by at least this much to help the worst off drivers and to keep UK businesses competitive. Britain has the highest tax take from the motorist, yet we have by far the worst roads in Europe."