Drivers in fuel price cap calls

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BLACKPOOL drivers have backed calls for a cap on fuel prices as overwhelming public support saw the issue debated in Parliament.

The rocketing cost of petrol saw more than 110,000 people sign an e-petition calling for the Government to stem any further rises.

Tory MP Robert Halfon put forward the motion which was supported by 100 MPs and the subject of a three hour debate in the House of Commons yesterday.

The Government reportedly plans to increase fuel duty by 3p a litre in January – meaning an extra £1.50 to fill an average car.

It says prices would be even higher had ministers not scrapped automatic fuel-tax increases imposed by Labour.

But on the Fylde coast, car owners are desperate to stop further costs.

Julie Hale, 59, from Lytham said: “The price of petrol is disgusting, I travel to Yorkshire about four times a week and it costs me a fortune. I have no choice about making the journeys, so I have no choice but to pay, enough is enough.”

Christine Winton, 70, from Lytham, added: “I think everybody has to think more about how they use their car.

“If I am going somewhere, I think ahead and try to do my shopping while I’m out so it’s less journeys. I never thought I’d have to bother to shop around for petrol.

David Simpson, 62, from South Shore, said: “I would welcome a cap, I’ve certainly noticed the effects of the cost of petrol. “It hasn’t stopped me making any journeys, it just means I am paying a lot more.”

Petrol prices have tripled in the past two decades.

In March’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne scrapped the annual fuel tax escalator – under which duty rose by 1p above inflation every year.

He also cut fuel duty by 1p. But he has only postponed the planned inflation-linked part of the duty rise from April 2011 to January 2012, and from April 2012 to August 2012.

Dee Grant, director of Blackpool taxi firm C Cabs also welcomed the debate.

She said: “The cost of petrol has forced some drivers out of the trade.”

The motion – passed by MPs last night without a vote – comes ahead of this month’s Autumn Statement when Mr Osborne will outline the state of the economy.