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Budget: Threat of triple dip recession demands reduction in fuel duty

Chevin Fleet Solutions is calling for increased support for fleet operators ahead of Wednesday’s Budget.

With last year presenting continued economic hardship for many vehicle operators, accompanied with the serious threat of a triple dip recession due to a stark decline in manufacturing output, Chevin’s managing director Ashley Sowerby (pictured) wants action from George Osborne.

He said: “For many fleet operators, fuel is one of the biggest expenses. This means any fluctuation in costs can have serious knock of effects for other areas of the business.

“The rumour that Osborne is likely to forgo plans to increase fuel duty is certainly welcomed but doesn’t quite go far enough in supporting fleet operators during such fragile economic conditions.

“Introducing a tax break on fuel for the industry, or indeed a flat rate reduction for businesses and consumers alike, may reduce revenue for the treasury in the short term, but will boost business growth, profit, sustainability and employment in the medium to long term – considerations that Osborne should take heed of if the UK economy is ever to enter a state of recovery.”

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