Sunday, 1 June 2008

FUEL DUTY INCREASE SHOULD NOT BE CUT

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 1st June 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
FUEL DUTY INCREASE SHOULD NOT BE CUT
If Hauliers are a special case, what about Kent?
Kent Green Party condemns suggestions of cutting the planned fuel duty increase in the autumn. This will just speed up oil depletion and add to global warming. We must move more freight on rail and reduce traffic throughout Kent. Steve Dawe comments:
“The planned increase in fuel duty should not be dropped. It sends the wrong signal: that inefficient forms of moving freight by road should be subsidised. Much more efficient means of transport such as electric and hydrogen fuel vehicles are needed to cut the emissions of road transport. The technology is available (1).
“We cannot simultaneously as a County reject lorry parks, as most people do, and support cutting fuel duties which help to maintain road haulage. Over 3.5 million lorries go through Kent back and forth from continental Europe each year - and this is increasing at about 7-8% a year (2).
“We also need to have a general adjustment in transport priorities. The real cost of motoring 1976-2005 FELL by 10% while the cost of public transport rose 50% in the same period(3). Each year the subsidy to private transport in the UK, above all the duties and other payments people make for motoring, is £13-14 billion. The Confederation of British Industry has indicated congestion costs businesses about £23 billion a year in lost earnings. Evidence suggests we are at the Peak of Oil consumption globally(4). This means rising oil prices and food distribution costs are only the beginning of the decline of accessible oil supplies globally.” Ends 267 words
FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Steve Dawe is a former lecturer in Environmental Policy and is Press Officer for Kent Green Party.
Notes:
1. Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl – Transport Revolutions: moving people and freight without oil (Earthscan, 2008).
2. Kent Local Transport Plan 2006-2011.
3. The Observer, 1st June 2008.
4. SEE: David Strahan – The Last Oil Shock; Andrew McKillop and Sheila Newman – The Final Energy Crisis; website resources of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil.

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