Eight in ten drivers want fuel duty scrapped – as they fear being hit with the cost of Covid

EIGHT in ten drivers want Rishi Sunak to scrap or cut fuel duty – as they fear being hit with the cost of Covid.

A survey of nearly 30,000 motorists reveals most want duty frozen at least, while 21 per cent would like it axed.

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Pollsters Fair Fuel UK say any rise will further damage the economy.

Founder Howard Cox said: “Forcing the commercial and social heartbeat of the nation to pay for Covid reparation will be the ultimate betrayal.

“The PM and the Chancellor know full well, tax hikes hit the poorest and small businesses hardest."

Road Haulage Association chief Richard Burnett said even a 1p rise adds £400-plus to a truck’s annual running costs.

The Sun says

THERE has never been a worse time to raise fuel duty.

We see why smart Treasury officials living in swanky London houses are tempted: with the Tube and regular buses to hand, it will hardly impact THEM at all.

But for families outside the capital who rely on their cars to shop and to commute, it would be a disaster.

As for truckers — the unsung heroes of 2020, who spent the pandemic ferrying essential supplies up and down the country — it could be ruinous.

We know the Chancellor needs to start refilling the country’s coffers.

But kicking ordinary workers while they’re down is the WRONG way to go about it.

He warned: “As the nation fights against the impact of Covid-19, operators continue to work around the clock to keep shop shelves stocked and hospitals and healthcare workers supplied with PPE.

“For many, a fuel duty increase will mean the end of the road.

“Chancellor, you need the services this industry provides more than ever.”

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