The Automobile Association (AA) today met Treasury ministers to argue that next month’s 2p rise in fuel duty should be scrapped. A spokesman for the AA said the planned 1.84p extra duty the government plans to introduce on April 1 would mean more hardship for motorists. With the VAT on top of extra


duty, drivers would be paying more than 2p per litre extra for fuel, or on average about another £1 to fill up their vehicles. The AA wanted the government to suspend the planned increase indefinitely, saying that its introduction could hinder economic recovery.

The AA spokesman added: "The meeting took place this morning. But there is nothing to suggest that the government is going to do anything other than what was previoulsy planned."

The duty increase was originally planned for last April, but it was postponed twice because of sharp rising in world oil prices.