The massive jump in electricity demand, which a wholesale shift to electric vehicle demands, can’t be met with wind turbines. The same campaigners oppose tidal power and nuclear energy. Thus, the power would come from more conventional, fossil fuels. Recent power cuts in August 2019 have shown the fragility of electricity supply. And there’s the thing, it is utterly irresponsible to displace the emissions from, for example, central London to the Midlands. Furthermore, the environment lobby mixes up the difference between local air pollution and global climate change emissions. Ironically, in their demand for cleaner air locally, they have succeededRead Whole Article

Much has been made of the London Mayor’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), as a way forward to improve the capital’s air quality. However, the new tax is seen by many as unscientific and unjust. Essentially, ULEZ represents a regressive ‘pay to pollute’ methodology, with an unfairly large effect on the least wealthy, and no effect on those who can afford to pay the ULEZ tax and carry on using their vehicles. Proof London’s ULEZ may not be working to improve air quality is described in depth later in this blog. Shaun Bailey, the Tory London mayoral candidate for 2020,Read Whole Article

The public are dying in their thousands because of poor air quality, 40,000 to be precise.’ ‘Air pollution kills almost 9 million people every year – which is over 1.6 million more than smoking, research has revealed.’ These headlines are stark and instantly recognisable. But the majority of UK’s 37m road users argue this highly emotive claim is anecdotal, with no real-life cases presented to show a direct causal link to anyone dying from ambient vehicle exhaust emissions. There is one solitary case currently under consideration, involving a girl who already had extremely serious pre-existing health problems, and who hadRead Whole Article

FairFuelUK commissioned (with the Road Haulage Association) the Independent Economic Think Tank, CEBR to ascertain what the Fuel Duty Freeze since the beginning of 2011 has done for the economy. Their summary is shown here: 1. Had the freeze not occurred, the fuel duty escalator’s impact on CPI would have reached 6.7%. It is now 1.6%!  2. Had the fuel duty escalator continued as planned from 2011 onwards, fuel duty today would be 83.33p per litre rather than 57.95p per litre, 43.8% higher.  3. The CEBR estimates that this would translate in overall fuel prices being 24.0% higher, circa £1.70 to £1.80 perRead Whole Article

Media and campaigning activity indicate there is clearly an agenda to try to wipe out carbon based fuelled cars, motorbikes, vans and trucks. The recent frenzied diesel debate and the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy both paint a grim picture for the future of car-based mobility.  By 2041 Sadiq Khan wants 80% of all London journeys to be by public transport, cycling or walking and a zero emission London by 2050. It takes no account of mobility issues that affect the elderly, infirm and disabled. Passenger cars make up 36% of all London journeys and his vision is to reduce thoseRead Whole Article

The Westminster APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers is supporting 37m UK Drivers and calls for the introduction of an Independent Pump Price Monitoring Body.  Notionally calling this proposed consumer watchdog ‘PumpWatch’, the APPG are supported a Government ePetition initiated by FairFuelUK launched in the week of 17th December 2018, to that effect. In October 2018 alone for example, nearly £500,000,000 was held back from consumers at the pumps despite the fall of wholesale fuel prices. The perpetual fleecing of 37m UK drivers goes unchecked by a Government afraid to take on the oil companies and forego theRead Whole Article

In 2018 and repeated in 2019, the award-winning Public Affairs Campaign Group, FairFuelUK conducted the biggest survey in the recent history of transport. 71,098 responded. And what the drivers said is an aide-mémoire for the Government.  90% regard their vehicle as critical to their daily lives with 67% saying they have categorically no choice but to use it every day. Those on significantly below average incomes, less than £20,000, say they have no choice but to spend up to a quarter of their hard-earned cash on petrol and diesel. The emphasis here is ‘we have no choice!’  The persistent demonisationRead Whole Article