CHRISTINE Grahame MSP is urging Borderers to sign a petition supporting the introduction of a Fuel Duty Regulator.
Statistics published by the European Commission show the proportion of tax levied on fuel by the UK Treasury is the highest amongst all EU members at 57.4% for unleaded and 55.8% for diesel.
Tax expressed as a percentage of the pre-tax price is also the highest in the EU: 134.9% for unleaded and 126.3% for diesel.
Commenting on these figures, Ms Grahame said: “It is imperative the UK Government recognises how its road fuel taxes are impacting on the transport industry, including bus services in the Borders, which are constantly being threatened, fares, hauliers and households.
“The country is crying out for action on soaring fuel prices, and the UK Government must take action.”
Ms Grahame said the SNP have consistently called for the introduction of a fuel duty regulator and this petition will add to the voices from industry that are demanding action.
She added: “Families and key sectors like the haulage and the transport industry are reeling from forecourt costs, and George Osborne must honour his pre-election pledge and introduce a fuel duty regulator.
“With record North Sea oil and gas revenues flowing to the Treasury, we need to see some of that money used to bring fuel prices down – and to keep them stable – through a fuel duty regulator.”
The petition can be accessed at http://www.change.org/petitions/uk-government-i-support-the-introduction-of-a-fuel-duty-regulator