Commenting on the measures announced in today’s Autumn Statement Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said:
“We welcome the decision taken today by the Chancellor not to reverse the cut to fuel duty. The 5ppl cut previously introduced in March has been essential for families who have no choice but to use their cars.
“While the Government has taken a positive first step, there is still much work to be done to help motorists and ensure fuel resilience in the wake of a volatile energy market.
“We are also very pleased with the Chancellor's decision to provide £13.6bn support in business rates over the next 5 years. This will give relief to forecourts, who have always worked very hard to keep their communities fuelled and fed during these tough times.
“Finally, I am pleased to see that the Chancellor has recognised the need for a more equitable system of road taxation by extending the vehicle excise duty to include electric vehicles.
“The PRA will continue to engage with the Government to ensure support for petrol filling stations continues.”
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