Nottingham drivers welcome fuel duty cut but slam ‘ridiculous’ prices at the pumps

People in Nottingham say a new government cut on fuel duty is “a start” – but that the price of filling up is still “absolutely ridiculous”. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the cut, which equates to 5p-a-litre, in his Spring Statement on Wednesday, March 23.

The cut in fuel duty means the rate will be reduced to 52.92p for both petrol and diesel from 6pm on March 23 until March next year – with the current rate being 57.95p per litre. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Sunak said his announcement represents the “biggest cut to fuel duty rates ever”.

Motoring experts at the RAC suggest the cut to fuel duty will save drivers around £3 off the cost of filling a 55-litre family car. Mr Sunak told MPs: “Today I can announce that for only the second time in 20 years, fuel duty will be cut. Not by one, not even by two, but by 5p per litre. The biggest cut to all fuel duty rates – ever.

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“While some have called for the cut to last until August, I have decided it will be in place until March next year – a full 12 months. Together with the freeze, it’s a tax cut this year for hard-working families and businesses worth over £5 billion, and it will take effect from 6pm tonight.”

People in Nottingham city centre gave their verdict after the announcement, concluding it was a positive step, but that far more needs to be done to help families with the cost of living.

Barry Crowe, 62, from Mapperley, said: “Well, it’s a start – but it’s not much else. It seems like every time you go and fill up its more expensive. I think unless you drive a big thing like a lorry or a van this isn’t going to make that much of a difference. It feels like everything is going up at the minute but people are still getting paid the same amount of money.”

Gary Thorpe, who was out in Old Market Square with his wife Debbie, told Nottinghamshire Live: “I hadn’t heard about the change. It’s good news though, obviously. I suppose it will all add up. I think everyone is fed up with it, it’s just ridiculous. The prices 20 years ago were absolutely nothing compared to what they are now.”

“I try and walk where I can,” said Debbie. “But sometimes you just need to drive and the cost of driving now is absolutely ridiculous. How do they expect people to cope? Some people can barely pay their bills and they work full-time. It’s disgraceful. It makes me so angry.”