Motorpoint Responds to the Budget 2012







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 21, 2012
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  • Motorpoint “disappointed” that there will be no change to the planned rise in fuel duty
  • Issue crucial to millions of motorists including the 80% of motorpoint.co.uk
    visitors who say they are taking less car journeys due to rising fuel costs
  • Government plans to look at more private investment into the road network also unpopular with Motorpoint’s website visitors with 85% believing this is a bad idea for UK motorists
  • Motorpoint calls on the Chancellor to review his decision on fuel duty

David Shelton, Managing Director, Motorpoint said: “Motorpoint is disappointed that the Chancellor has announced that there will be no change to the planned rise in fuel duty, meaning there will be a 3p per litre price rise from 1 August.

“It seems that fuel duty has been put on the back burner in the Budget, which is frustrating when the cost of running a car and the soaring expense of fuel is crucial to millions of motorists every day – so much so that a recent poll of our website users showed 80% of motorists are cutting down on car journeys due to the cost of fuel.

“The Government’s plans to ask Whitehall to look at getting more private investment into the road network which may mean road tolling for new roads, has also proved very unpopular with our website visitors, with 85% currently voting against this decision, believing it to be a bad idea for UK motorists.

“The fuel duty rise in August will certainly mean a rise in in fuel prices, which is bad news for the everyday motorists who are being seriously affected by increasing fuel costs. What we want is for people to enjoy owning a car again without the burden of heavy taxes, which will in turn stimulate the economy.

“We would call on the Chancellor to review his decision on fuel duty and put it at the forefront of his mind as it is clearly at the forefront of the minds of the millions of motorists in the UK.”