Graham Hurdle's Blog: 21 November 2011 - Is the Government debating fuel, or just fuelling their bigger agenda?
21 November 2011
Graham Hurdle is managing director of E-Training World
MPs recently debated a motion urging the government to stem fuel price rises amid a public outcry over costs.
Tory MP Robert Halfon's motion was tabled in response to an e-petition signed by more than 100,000 people and is supported by more than 100 MPs.
Good news for both motorists and businesses that this is back on the political agenda, but doesn't this all seem a bit odd. For a start, they refer to a "public outcry over costs" as if this is something that has reared its ugly head just recently. Yet we all know that drivers and businesses have been complaining about the rising cost of fuel for years now, generally to no avail.
And what is the relevance of 'debates' such as this when we all know that fuel is unlikely to get cheaper as a result?
Perhaps I'm sounding far too cynical, but the real political agenda as I see it is to force us into lower emission / more efficient vehicles - and a good way of doing that is to make fuel expensive!
It is also part of the political agenda to reduce congestion on UK roads - and a good way of doing that is to make fuel expensive!
They also need to meet their green objectives - and a good way of doing that is to make fuel expensive!
Shall I go on?
The point is I don't believe fuel will become cheaper. I hope I am wrong, but does anybody out there truly believe that in a year or two pump prices will have dropped down to affordable rates? I'd be very surprised!
I'm not suggesting we give up the protest. However, I would recommend companies look properly at how they can reduce fuel usage within their business in order to fight a battle on fuel expenditure than 'can' be won.
Reviewing business travel altogether. Driver training to improve fuel consumption. Better route planning. Telematics to monitor and improve driving and vehicle usage. Better use of online technology to reduce the need for making non essential journeys. Car sharing. There are a whole host of options out there.
So rather than wait for the politicians to give us the answer, isn't it time we found it ourselves?