Drivers from Northern Ireland crossing the border to the Republic of Ireland for cheaper fuel are costing the Exchequer just over £200m a year, according to a study commissioned by the Irish tax authority.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has rebuffed calls for a reduction in fuel duty in his Budget, and has stuck to the freeze that he announced last autumn.

The PRA has urged the Chancellor to cut fuel duty by 3ppl in next week’s Budget on 8 March.

A Bill requiring fuel receipts to show the amount of duty paid is being introduced in the House of Commons today (February 1).

The PRA has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to invest in road infrastructure and not to raise duty on fuel in his Autumn Statement today.

It was always likely to be a strange Budget coming as it did just seven weeks before the General Election which looks highly likely to end without any clear winning majority. The Chancellor had to stand up and deliver a Budget that somehow appealed to his existing voters but didn't scare off those who might be thinking of joining them on May 7; and do so in the knowledge that he might not be in a position to put his announced measures into practice after that date.

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