Boycott petrol stations who won’t pass on fuel duty cut, Transport Sec says

DRIVERS should boycott greedy petrol stations who refuse to pass on the fuel duty cut, a Cabinet minister has said.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps slammed forecourts who are pocketing the tax cut rather than cutting prices.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told drivers to boycott petrol stations who don't pass on the fuel duty cut

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told drivers to boycott petrol stations who don’t pass on the fuel duty cutCredit: AFP

And he urged struggling Brits to “shop around” to get the best deal.

Rishi Sunak slashed fuel duty by 5p in this week’s mini Budget in a victory for The Sun.

But the AA said only around half of this has been passed on to hard-pressed motorists.

Asked what his message is to petrol stations refusing to cut their prices, Mr Shapps said they should “pass this on”.

Appealing to motorists to vote with their feet, he added: “Everyone has become very aware seeing £1.66, £1,70 for a litre of petrol.

“Help us with this…shop around so that they learn that if they don’t pass this on, then they are going to lose business.”

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Research by AA found that petrol prices have only fallen by 2.71p and diesel by a meagre 1.59p since the fuel duty cut came into force.

It means around half the tax break is being used to line the pockets of petrol station bosses instead.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng held a call with petrol station giants yesterday to order them to pass on the cut.

Big supermarkets and petrol chains are understood to have cut pump prices.

But garages owned by smaller firms and franchises have been worse at passing it on.

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Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesman, said: “The Chancellor rode to the rescue of drivers on Wednesday and, even before the 6pm start of the fuel duty cut, drivers were reporting the price cut at some Asda forecourts.

“However, on Thursday, the average price of petrol showed that less than half (2.71p) of the fuel duty cut had been passed on to drivers.”

Prices at petrol stations up and down the country are still soaring

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Prices at petrol stations up and down the country are still soaringCredit: Alamy

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