By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone tyres has welcomed the news that the Government has scrapped next year’s planned increase in fuel duty.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer hailed the announcement in the Autumn Statement as ‘welcome news’ for motorists and businesses.
Andy Dingley, communications manager for Bridgestone UK, said: “Today’s announcement that the planned increase in fuel duty has been dropped is welcome news for motorists and businesses at a time of austerity.
“The planned 3p a litre increase in fuel duty which was due to take effect in January would’ve added an extra £1.50 on the cost of filling an average petrol tank. With the cost of living ever increasing, scrapping this is a sensible move and will be welcomed by motorists and businesses that rely on the cars.
“High petrol prices are putting a huge burden on families, workers and businesses and the rising costs are becoming increasingly difficult to absorb.
“The coalition Government had little choice but to scrap the planned fuel duty increase and help ease the squeeze motorists are feeling. The key now is to keep costs at the pumps down for as long as possible.”
In a recent survey, Bridgestone found that a quarter of families reported that they may be forced to sacrifice heating their home in order to keep their car on the road and over 97% of families are considering getting rid of a family car, simply because they can’t afford to run it with, one in six having already done so.
The research also found that two thirds of people are already using their car less in order to save money as they are struggling just to break even after paying out their day to day living costs.