PM confirms petrol tax hike is offThis autumn's 2p rise has been scrapped

17 July 2008

Petrol has never been more expensive

Petrol has never been more expensive

Gordon Brown has confirmed this autumn's planned 2p rise in fuel duty has been scrapped.

The government said it was suspending the planned hike to 'help motorists and businesses get through what is a difficult time for everyone'.

The move followed months of pressure on ministers amid soaring oil prices which have been reflected at the pumps.

Strain on drivers

It was warmly welcomed by road users' groups - although they insisted more still had to be done to ease the strain on drivers.

The Prime Minister insisted the government would 'continue to help hard-pressed families who are facing high fuel bills and high food prices because of what is happening in every country in the world'.