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Budget reaction: Broken promise on fuel duty is a disaster

12 March 2008
Campaign for Better Transport criticises the delay in extra fuel duty as a part of today's budget. Executive director Stephen Joseph said:

"The delay in the increase in fuel duty is a disaster and a broken promise that shows little regard for climate change or for alternatives to the car. A truly green budget would have taken the extra duty and invested it in better transport, especially local public transport."

"However, we welcome the extra taxes on gas guzzler cars, incentives for lower carbon vehicles and the extra aviation taxes. It is a pity that the failure of courage on fuel duty and the imagination to link it to spending on alternatives will undermine these and other green measures in the budget."