Autumn Budget 2018: Fuel duty freeze and £420 million fund to tackle potholes

30 October 2018

There was good news for motorists in the Budget as Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a record cash injection to improve Britain’s roads and also confirmed fuel duty would be frozen for a ninth consecutive year.

Drivers currently pay 57.95p fuel duty on a litre of petrol and diesel.

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There were fears that fuel duty could rise after the chancellor hinted that a hike was necessary to help support the NHS.

It is expected the freeze will save the average car driver over £1,000 and the average van driver £2,500.

The news will come as welcome relief to motorists hit by recent fuel hikes.

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign, says: “Sadly and true to form, despite the continuing and welcome hold in fuel duty, this government still does not get it, when it comes to our motoring nation.”

He adds: “No necessary cut in duty to stimulate the economy, utter silence on those greedy unchecked oil companies continuing to fleece hard pressed motorists at will, and no incentives to move to practical low emissions solutions to improve our air quality.”

Mr Hammond also announced a £28.8 billion fund to improve Britain’s roads, which will be raised through road tax.

Called the National Roads Fund, it will provide long-term certainty for roads investment, including the new major roads network and large local major roads scheme, such as the North Devon Link Road.

The largest ever investment of this kind, it will also help fund the new network of local roads and larger local road projects.

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Local authorities will also receive £420 million to help tackle potholes on roads and renew bridges and tunnels.

Potholes can not only make a journey highly uncomfortable but can also damage vehicles.

The RAC reports that between April and June 2018, it was called out 4,091 times for damage to shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.

If your car has been damaged by a pothole you can claim compensation from your local council.

Motorists can also report potholes and other damage to road surfaces to the RAC.

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Councils will also be given an extra £150 million to improve local traffic hotspots such as roundabouts and junctions.

The programme will run for five years from 2020 to 2025 and be funded from vehicle excise duty.

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