The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is pleased that the tanker drivers at the heart of the long-running dispute have voted against strike action in a re-ballot.
"Although there have been six companies involved in this dispute, it is one of the biggest, Hoyer, that has voted against strike action", said RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning.
"However, we are not out of the woods yet. Although the tanker drivers have voted against strike action, they have not ruled out other forms of industrial action. This is a critical time for the fuel industry and for users of fuel. It is therefore vital that common sense prevails.
"Fuel stability is vitally important. A consistent supply is as important as a consistent cost.
"The drivers have agreed that strike action would be detrimental to the economy, we now have to persuade Government that a 3 pence per litre increase in fuel duty on 1 August would be equally, if not more, damaging to the economy as a whole.”