Time has come for joint action on fuel prices

Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor

THE pick of the reader’s letters this week includes a call for action on the rising petrol prices and anger about how long it takes to see a doctor.

Each week these readers letters will be published in the paper and on line so to get your view across email: james.perkins@jpress.co.uk

Time has come for joint action on fuel prices

from G Dunning, chief executive, Road Haulage Association and T de Pencier, chief executive, Freight Transport Association

There can now be very few people in the UK still unaware of the record price being charged for fuel at the pumps and it won’t be long before we all feel the effects.

But one group being particularly hard hit right now are UK hauliers. The road freight industry is the sixth largest employer in the UK and is the industry on which the rest of the economy, particularly the manufacturing sector, is almost totally dependent.

Food distribution is another sector on which we all rely; we all expect to see fresh bread and milk on our supermarket shelves but how many of us actually stop to think how it actually got there? Who would ever have envisaged the day when a loaf of fresh bread became a luxury item? If prices continue to rise it could soon become a reality.

It’s time that something was done. We have decided that enough is enough and are both firmly behind the campaign FairFuelUK.

The fuel price situation is now so serious that all users of fuel, especially the general motorist, have common cause with us.

To make a real difference we need ALL fuel users to join our campaign. There is another fuel duty increase planned for April but we can stop that happening.

Rest assured, we will not take part in or support any kind of disruptive action as that would simply demean our industry, our country and hurt the general public who are already suffering.

We are calling on the government to do something before it’s too late.

Please help us to help you by signing the petition at www.FairFuelUK.com.

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I waited so long that I just got better...

from John Tucker, address supplied

Is the NHS second rate. Yes! When I had a throat infection I had to see my GP six times before he made a hospital appointment, and then I had to wait three months. By that time, my throat got better. It was a waste of time and money seeing a doctor for a infection I had three months earlier.