Cost-of-living crisis: Further fuel duty cuts 'essential', declares Scottish logistics chief

Cutting fuel duty is “essential” to prevent further impacts on the cost of living, the head of one of Scotland's largest logistics and transport companies has said.

Andrew Malcolm, chief executive of The Malcolm Group – said transport and logistics companies were being “forced” to pass on rising fuel costs to their customers.

The warning comes as the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new record of 183.2p on Thursday, according to data firm Experian.

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That is an increase of 7.3p in just seven days. The average cost of filling a typical 55-litre family car exceeded £100 for the first time on Wednesday.

There are calls for further cuts to fuel duty following the soaring price rises in petrol (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP).
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The RAC described the previous 5p duty cut announced by the UK Government in March as a “drop in the ocean” and stressed “more needs to be done” to alleviate the “enormous financial burden on drivers”.

The warning comes as figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed almost 80 per cent (77 per cent) of adults were worried about the rising cost of living.

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Mr Malcolm said he believed cutting fuel duty for petrol and diesel was “essential”.

Asked if he would back calls for fuel duty cuts, Mr Malcolm said: “Absolutely. Through the Road Haulage Association, for years and years, we’ve been trying to get the Government to look at some form of rebate on the tax on fuel for the commercial market.

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