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Report shows damage caused by unfair tax treatment of drivers vs public transport users

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."

For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

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