Justine Greening MP, the UK’s Transport Secretary, has called on fuel retailers to implement codes of practice, which would help consumers to see when fuel prices rise and fall.
Online PR News – 03-November-2012 – Bretton, Peterborough – The Road Haulage Association – the UK’s foremost authority on issues surrounding the haulage industry – has responded favorably to Justine Greening’s call for all fuel retailers to come up with their own codes of practice. These codes of practice will be there in the hope that they will effectively shame fuel retailers into lowering prices faster than they already do when oil costs fall, therefore meaning that if the companies don’t drop prices quickly, their reputations will suffer.
In an interview, Justine Greening said that the way fuel companies currently act is “indefensible” and that it’s time they started “playing fair with the motorist” instead of allowing them to be “ripped off”. While this tough language might be seen as a way for the government to score points with the electorate, it is still something that will benefit millions of people if it goes ahead.
This is something that the Road Haulage Association has come out in full support of, as it aims to reduce the cost of motoring not only for haulage firms, but for people throughout the country. Geoff Dunning, the Chief Executive of the RHA, stated that they are always mindful of “the slowness of filling stations to lower their prices” and that this is in stark contrast to the speed in which fuel prices rise when oil prices go up.
Not everyone is so sure about this latest announcement from the government though, with some stating that the answer to lower fuel prices is in the hands of the government, not private businesses. FairFuelUK makes the point that the government earns 81.5p per litre in fuel duty and that they are planning on increasing this by 3p shortly. If they cut this, according to FairFuelsUK, by 3p instead, the economy would see a massive upturn and the government would still be no worse off. It seems that everyone wants cheaper fuel, yet there are differing opinions about how to get it.
One thing that most motoring organizations agree on though is that vehicle tracking is one of the best ways for companies to drive down their fuel usage, therefore saving loads of money in the process. Vehicle tracking allows the management to see how a vehicle is being driven – for example, whether the driver is idling the engine for long periods – and also maps out the route that a vehicle has taken, therefore ensuring that needless diversions are not taken. So until fuel prices fall, the RHA certainly recommends vehicle tracking as one of the best ways to make the most of the fuel in a vehicle.
For more information on vehicle tracking, visit the Road Haulage Association’s website through http://www.rha.uk.net/vehicle-tracking.