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We are pleased to confirm that following on from Chancellor George Osbourne’s statement today, he has extended the current freeze on fuel duty. Until now, fuel duty has continued to be frozen by the chancellor for the past 4 years and in his statement today, the Chancellor confirmed the duty would be frozen until Spring 2015.
The news comes as a relief to motorists across the country who have seen petrol prices rise to as high as £138.32 in February 2013. Osbourne described in his statement how the latest freeze would mean motorists would be paying 20p less than under the previous Government.
The freeze will ensure that motorists save at least 13p per litre of fuel,which for a Vauxhall Astra or a Ford Focus owner amounts to a £7.00 saving every time they fill up.
In addition, Osbourne announced a further £200 million fund for pothole repairs. Councils will be able to bid for the money to repair roads which have been destroyed by the winter floods. The current estimate for repairs stands at £400 million which is on top of the £10.5 billion repair backlog that currently exists.
Further motoring related announcements include an extension on the discount the government provides to buyers for the purchase of ultra low-emission vehicles as well as a 2 per cent tax rise on company cars with higher CO2 emissions.
The M4 in Wales also received funding along with £270m for the Mersey Gateway bridge.