The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed an acknowledgement by the Government that lower fuel duty can be an economic stimulus.

It said the admission came at a meeting at the Treasury between chief secretary Danny Alexander and representatives of FairFuelUK (FFUK).

At the meeting, the chief secretary presented FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Willson and founder Howard Cox with the government’s recently published fuel duty dynamic modelling, which supports the fuel campaign group’s long-held contention that lower fuel duty increases jobs, GDP and economic activity.

RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning said: “The Road Haulage Association has supported FairFuelUK since its inception three and a half years ago and this news confirms, without doubt, the fact that we made the right decision.

“Now, with a general election on the horizon, we shall be working even more closely with FFUK to ensure that we can get government to go one step further and make a positive cut in fuel duty - a boost that the economy, hauliers and every other road user so desperately needs.”