Call for 'tax transparency'
THE National Motorist Action Group (NMAG) and FairFuelUK are calling on MPs to back a campaign to ensure motorists can see how much of their cash is going on fuel duty – at the point of purchase.
NMAG spokesman Rupert Lipton said: "We want to see the amount of Fuel Duty and VAT taken by the Government displayed on every fuel receipt.
"It amounts to almost 60 per cent of the price people to pay to fill up and we think it's time the Government honoured its own commitment to transparency."
NMAG claims that without this information, people are too quick to blame the petrol companies when prices rise, and less able to judge for themselves whether the tax is fair in relation to them amount spent on roads.
NMAG's "It's Your Duty Mr Cameron" Campaign was timed to coincide with MP Robert Halfon's Private Member's Bill heard this week.
Government and MPs are being lobbied as part of a co-ordinated campaign.
Mr Halfon said: "Less than one fifth of the money raised by motoring tax is actually spent on Britain's roads. Plus, at the moment, fuel duty is not shown on garage receipts.
"It is a stealth tax, and this is wrong. That's why I am calling for proper transparency on receipts."
The campaign is also supported by other organisations. Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Fuel duty is an unfair burden on struggling families, but most of them are unaware of just how excessive it actually is.
"We produced forecourt fuel tax displays to show customers how much tax they actually pay when they fill up, and publishing the real tax burden on receipts would be another step towards proper tax transparency."
NMAG has launched its campaign and petition at www.nmag.co.uk