East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight has welcomed the Government’s decision to scrap the planned 2012 fuel duty increase.

Following a cross-party Parliamentary Motion to stop the fuel duty increase, backed by Mr Knight and others, the Chancellor has yesterday announced that the fuel duty increase will be cancelled and that there will be no duty increase before 2013.

Mr Knight said, “This news will be welcomed by people in rural areas like East Yorkshire, who are dependent on the car to get to work, as many do not have access to public transport. What’s more, an increase in fuel prices would also damage small businesses, hiking up the freight costs of everyday household goods.”

Mr Knight added, “Even a small increase in fuel duties can wreak havoc with family budgets. For those who have to drive to their workplace or for their job, a fuel duty increase would put a major strain on their wallet.”