Berwickshire MSP calls for a 3p reduction on fuel duty

John Lamont
John Lamont

A petition calling on the UK government to reduce fuel duty on a litre of petrol by 3p has been set up by Berwickshire Conservative MSP John Lamont.

The MSP, and Conservative candidate for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat in May’s General Election, says that recent falls in oil prices have left the fixed fuel duty (57.95p per litre,) at a much higher percentage (as much as 56%) of the overall cost of a litre of petrol

Mr Lamont is now calling on a future Conservative majority Government to do more to put money back in the pockets of motorists, saying that the time has now come to reduce fuel duty by 3p and save a family who fills up a vehicle once a week more than £78 a year.

He said: “With few options in terms of public transport, many Borderers rely on their car to get around. Speaking to motorists in the Borders I know that the recent fall in petrol prices is making a real difference.

“Now that the wholesale cost of oil is plummeting nearly 56% of the cost of a litre of petrol is made up of fuel duty. That is why the UK Government should cut the cost of fuel duty by 3p to ensure it is not taking an unnecessarily large cut from each litre of fuel.

“If residents agree they should sign my petition at https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-cut-fuel-duty.”