While the news that Sainsburys is offering its customers a 12ppl fuel price saving, (if they spend £60 in store), this will not be of any help to UK hauliers, still being faced with crippling pump prices.

“Hauliers are shoppers too,” said RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning. “The difference is that the average HGV operator cannot take his truck onto the forecourt of a supermarket filling station; it’s not allowed. If hgv operators were able to take advantage of this offer, filling up a 400 litre tank would cost £48 pounds less.

“These price cuts can only ever be short term. What is desperately needed and would help everyone would be a reduction in the actual rate of fuel duty.

“However, January’s planned duty rise, combined with the proposed August increase will drive up fuel duty by a massive 10.4%. This will suck more money out of the economy and further undermine efforts to regenerate growth.

“To increase fuel duty by over 10% is unthinkable in the current climate. The Treasury must rethink its addition to annual duty increases”.

For more information: www.rha.uk.net