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Budget 2012: Reaction from the AA

Date: 21 March 2012

Edmund King, AA president, said: "At a time of record prices at the pumps the August increase in duty is a Budget blow-out which will force drivers off the road and could bring a summer of discontent for many.

"We have heard much about tax allowances but the increase in fuel duty makes no allowance for car-dependent, rural and disabled drivers.

"Only last week the Prime Minister told American students that UK fuel prices would make them 'faint', yet the Government seems intent on inflicting more pain for no gain on drivers. Ironically, such a hike in duty doesn't necessarily help government finances as people will cut spending at the pumps and in shops, and it could fuel inflation.

"We welcome the recognition that new investment is needed in the road infrastructure but are not convinced that the water industries offer a good precedent to follow. New river crossings in east London are much needed to reduce congestion and improve accessibility."

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