Government retains freeze on fuel duty


Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Autumn Statement speech that fuel duty will be frozen at 57.95p litre for the seventh consecutive year from April 2017.

The continued freeze is estimated to save the average car driver £130 a year and van drivers £350 a year. This is the longest fuel duty freeze in 40 years.

Rupert Pontin, director of valuations at Glass, said: “For the motorist using their car today, the fuel duty freeze is good news. For people whose personal budgets are under some pressure, these measures are worthwhile if unspectacular.”

Charlie Elphicke, member of Parliament for Dover and chair of APPG for Fair Fuel, added: “I’m delighted the Chancellor listened to the concerns of drivers and FairFuelUK supporters up and down the land. He is absolutely right to put more money in the pockets of hard-pressed families and small businesses.”