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Fuel duty biggest road user concern, says poll

Nearly 95% of road users see fuel duty as a major worry, according to a poll by Fair Fuel UK.

In a survey of 11,183 members, 94.2% listed fuel duty as being their major worry, with 86% also putting fuel pricing transparency in their top five concerns. Not far behind, seven out of 10 listed road maintenance and potholes to be among their sizable fears.

Road user issue In top five
Fuel duty 94.20%
Fuel pricing transparency 86.10%
Road maintenance 78.40%
Road user taxation 71.40%
Oil speculation 69.60%
Potholes 69.40%
Insurance premiums 48.20%
Parking charges 47.40%
Is there a need for HS2 40.70%
Poor driving 36.40%
Road safety 33.40%
Speed limits 33.00%
Green fuel incentives 28.20%
New road building 27.30%
Road signage 19.90%

Quentin Willson, lead spokesman for the Fair Fuel UK campaign said: "Fair Fuel UK’s survey shows the financial angst of 32 million road users. Unless the UK has predictable road fuel costs that are protected from the debilitating effects of oil speculation and high taxes, both the economy and the Government will be in serious trouble."

Howard Cox, founder of the Fair Fuel UK Campaign said: "It will be electoral suicide if the main political parties do not convince 32 million road users that they have sympathy with their needs. By only paying lip service to road maintenance, not reducing the highest level of fuel duty worldwide and ignoring oil speculators who fix pump prices for personal gain, clear party policies not addressing these concerns will turn away voters in their millions."


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