Backing for UK campaign on diesel taxes

A British parliamentary committee today backed the government's campaign against a European Commission proposal to harmonise EU commercial diesel fuel taxes. It described the Commission's proposals as "confused" and "unacceptable", and rejected claims that the measure would help the environment as "unfounded" (EED 25/07/02). Under the draft directive the UK would have to halve its diesel excise duty rates for hauliers. The measure requires unanimous support from EU governments and so stands little chance of becoming law if Britain maintains its opposition. See report.

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