Millions of drivers will be forced to pay an extra 2.12p for a litre of petrol when a controversial fuel duty increase goes ahead on Wednesday.
Motoring groups have been angered by the government plan, which they claim will add an extra £1 to the cost of a tank of fuel.
The AA said the 1 April price hike was ‘no joke’, while the Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned that the increases would push businesses over the edge.
Fuel tax increases
AA president Edmund King said: ‘These April fuel increases are no joke. It’s a shame that this and other fuel tax increases will severely dent consumer spending and undermine the UK’s economic recovery.
‘Taking an extra £1 off drivers each time they fill up their fuel tank is £1 taken away from high street and leisure spending that would help revive the economy.’
FTA chief executive Theo de Pencier said the fuel duty increases are the latest in ‘a shower of hammer blows’ dealt to the logistics sector by the government.
He added: ‘What they are saying by their actions is that they don’t care about the more than two million people up and down the UK who work in this sector and keep the economy moving.’
According to the AA, a further 4p a litre could be added to pump prices if VAT returns to 17.5% in April 2010.
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