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Much ado about nothing done

There have been renewed calls this week for the Government to help drivers with their fuel costs.

Unsurprisingly, MPs in Scotland have started to get a little impatient about a promise made by Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander to pilot a rural fuel duty regulator scheme for drivers in remote and rural areas. He made this pledge on 9 October, over two and a half months ago, but no solid announcement has been made since.

Meanwhile, the Government has increased fuel duty several times already, with further rises planned for January and April next year. The Road Haulage Association is the latest organisation to ask the Government to delay plans to increase fuel duty due to the current escalating price of diesel.

This follows The Fuelcard Company’s campaign this year for the Government to rethink the fuel duty rises and give beleaguered fleets and struggling businesses a break.

We echo one of the sentiments in the letter written by SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar and SNP Transport Spokesperson Angus MacNeil to Danny Alexander by saying “a car is not a luxury, it is a necessity”.

This is true of some of the country’s most rural and remote areas, where fuel can be at its most expensive, as it is for the thousands of people who must drive for a living.

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