27th June 2011
MP asks haulier transport question in Parliament
Local MP, Gordon Henderson last Thursday (23rd June) asked Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, what steps are being taken by the Department of Transport to mitigate the effects of foreign hauliers buying fuel on the continent to undercut British companies.
This parliamentary question was asked after a number of local haulage companies in Sittingbourne & Sheppey raised the issue with Mr Henderson at one of his Sittingbourne & Sheppey Link 2 Business (www.blinkss.co.uk) breakfasts.
The full parliamentary question and answer given by Mr Penning is below:
Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey) (Con): What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to mitigate the effects of foreign hauliers who use their advantage of being able to buy fuel more cheaply on the continent to undercut British companies?
Mike Penning: We have a commitment to bringing in lorry road user charging to level the playing field. It is important, however, that we do not penalise our own truckers with whatever scheme we bring in. We are in ongoing negotiations with the Treasury and we are committed to introducing a scheme in this Parliament.