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Fuel duty freeze is a ‘mistake’ - Campaign for Better Transport Budget 2021 response

3 March 2021

Responding to the announcement in today’s Budget that fuel duty is being frozen for the eleventh consecutive year, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: 

“Freezing fuel duty for an eleventh year, in the same week that rail fares went up, is a mistake and sends the wrong signals about transport choices. These two policies put transport carbon emission targets even further out of reach and will worsen air pollution in our towns and cities.

“The Government cannot continue to avoid the inevitable, it must look to reform the old fashioned and outdated vehicle taxation system and replace it with a road pricing scheme that is fairer to everyone and better supports the Government's green ambitions. If the Government is serious about a green recovery, it must also to do more to support public transport, including introducing flexible rail tickets as a matter of urgency to help people return to work when the time is right.”

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).