1 June 2018
Campaign for Better Transport welcomes today's report commissioned by Greener Journeys entitled 'The Unintended Consequences of Freezing Fuel Duty'.
The report shows that the Government's seven year freeze on fuel duty has caused an extra 4.5 million tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide emissions by encouraging people to abandon public transport in favour of their cars.
This is undermining progress to the UK's legally binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Transport is one of the sectors that is set to fail meeting the targets on current trends.
Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Severe weather episodes across the country are yet more evidence that climate change is already having a serious impact. Transport emissions present a very real and urgent threat and we must start reducing them now.
"These most recent figures from Greener Journeys are deeply concerning. The cost of motoring has been falling relative to the cost of public transport tickets for many years. By freezing fuel duty while allowing rail fares to rise, and ignoring help for buses altogether, the Government has caved in to the siren calls from the road lobby at the expense of real action on CO2 emissions and air pollution."
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Notes to editors
- For a copy of the Greener Journeys report please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 07912 799543 or email@example.com or download here after embargo: http://www.greenerjourneys.com/publications
- Read more about transport CO2 emissions here – Carbon mission critical
- Read our press release and Environmental quality, climate change and transport innovation report
- These figures from the RAC Foundation show the comparative costs of driving and using public transport over recent years: https://www.racfoundation.org/data/cost-of-transport-index
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).