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Fuel taxation 'threatens recovery'

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A motoring expert has warned about the impact of the government's fuel taxation policy.

Disproportionately high fuel duty rates are bringing misery to motorists, road users and businesses across the country and are even threatening the pace of economic recovery, according to top motoring journalist Quentin Willson.

Speaking at the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Labour Conference fringe event, Mr Willson said: "If policy makers ignore the disastrous impact of disproportionately high fuel duty rates they are in serious danger of running the UK off the road to recovery.

"Through forums like FTA's Transport Hub, we aim to keep the political pressure up and ensure that this issue remains at the heart of government."

Even if motorists manage to save some money by purchasing the most competitive van insurance deal on the market, their savings will be eaten up by fuel prices.

Meanwhile, the Fair Fuel UK Campaign's e-petition against the fuel duty rises planned next year has reached 95,000 signatures.

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