FUEL duty will be frozen at this week’s Budget for the TENTH year running in a major victory for the Sun’s legendary Keep It Down campaign.
Boris Johnson said: “I firmly believe that the economic recovery is going to be powered by white van man amongst others.”
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And Trending In The News understands that means freezing the hated levy at 57.95p per litre after plans to hike it were abandoned amid fears it will punish drivers who are helping the country bounce back.
At the weekend Chancellor Rishi Sunak insisted: “I would like to be able to keep taxes low for people in general.
“I’m a conservative and I believe in that.”
And a Treasury source said: “Throughout this crisis the Chancellor has protected the wallets of hard working Sun readers and that will continue at this Budget and beyond.”
The stunning victory for hard-pressed drivers – who already pay the most for at the pumps in Europe – comes after a decade of campaigning by Fair Fuel UK and Tory MPs led by powerful backbencher Robert Halfon.
Mr Halfon said: “A big thank you to the Sun Keep it Down campaign and Fair Fuel UK.
And he said the move shows “cutting the cost of living isn’t just a slogan but a meaningful pledge from Boris.”
“Millions of motorists will breathe a big sigh of relief as the Chancellor has recognised their plight.”
Howard Cox, founder of Fair Fuel UK, said: “Motorists, van drivers and truckers across the UK will be thrilled at this decision and they will hope this is just the start of more pro motoring policies to come.
“The cost of navigating our roads remains the highest in the world and drivers still feel demonised for all environmental ills, but continuing the cap on duty will be saluted.”