Driver groups welcome scrapping of fuel duty increase

Several drivers' groups have spoken of their relief at the news that a planned January rise in fuel duty of three pence per litre has been cancelled, with the announcement being given a cautious welcome across the UK.

With the difficult national economic situation showing no signs of easing anytime soon, the cancellation should go some way towards ensuring that people can continue to afford to drive their cars, freeing up money towards the purchase of an affordable new vehicle from outlets such as their local Ford car dealership when an upgrade in transport is desirable.

The chair of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO), Julie Jenner, described the move as a 'great help', and also welcomed the decision that, if they are deemed necessary, any future rises in duty will take place in September, rather than on April 1st, which is right at the end of the UK's financial year. The fact that businesses in particular will now be able to plan ahead for most of 2013 without the fear of a rise in duties has been received by Jenner and her colleagues as a much needed piece of clarification.

Hailed as a 'huge relief to many motorists' by Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report, the scrapping of the planned measure will be particularly beneficial when it is coupled by what Naylor says is a continuing trend towards the purchase of more fuel efficient vehicles like the groundbreaking new Ford cars for sale which are available from forecourts around the South West and beyond.

Several other influential organisations were quick to point to their support for the Chancellor's announcement, including the RHA's Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning, who noted that it came as a 'welcome surprise' and will especially help what he described as the UK's 'tremendously resilient' haulage industry.

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