Should the government step in on fuel price row?

Following an e-petition of over 100,000 signatures (and the support of over 100 MPs), MPs will be discussing possible ways of preventing rising fuel prices in the UK.

This petition, originally started by Robert Halfon, who is MP for Harlow Essex, calls for fuel prices rises expected in 2012 to be scrapped.

A rise in fuel prices was actually postponed in 2011 by Chancellor George Osborne, but they will be reinstated in January 2012 and fuel prices will go up three pence per litre.

Halfon has said that: “Fuel price is one of the biggest issues facing the UK economy” and he is dead right. With many factors affecting the UK’s economy, fuel prices have got to be up there with the worst.

Halfon added: “It’s not just car owners who are affected; it’s those who use public transport and have to cover the costs of rising fares. There needs to be more pressure on oil companies and more pressure on the government because everyone is paying for it in one way or another.”

The discussion in by MPs is actually a triumph for people power in the UK. The move comes after a new government scheme meant anybody who launches an e-petition and gets 100,000 signatures will have a chance of getting the issue discussed in parliament.

This is the case with fuel and with prices now regularly over 130 pence per litre for petrol, the average motorist has spoken about what it wants the government to do about it.

The stabilisation of fuel prices is essential, especially with inflation bumping VAT up to 20 per cent. The Ernst & Young ITEM Club has already predicted that fuel prices will rise 20 pence per litre over the next four years.

With other factors coming into play and costing the average Joe more and more money, fuel prices need to be controlled, the sooner the better in the eyes of most motorists.

Of course, there are ways around rising fuel costs, particularly for those looking to buy a new car.

Cars such as the Fiat 500 TwinAirhave brought CO2 emissions down to road tax-free levels and the increase in fuel economy – touching on 80mpg – is one of the most impressive in the country.

Petrol and diesel carsare moving towards 100mpg (particularly in the case of smaller cars) making it easier to save fuel than ever before without having to take the plunge and buy a hybrid or electric car.

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