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EU green tax to add 1.5p to the price of a litre of fuel
Date 12/04/2011 16:26  Author webmaster  Hits 1181  Language Global
12 APR 2011

By Ray Massey | Daily Mail

British motorists face paying up to 1.5p a litre more for their fuel under a controversial ‘green tax’ being proposed in Brussels tomorrow.

The extra levy would be higher on diesel than on petrol, widening the price gap between the two even further.

The move would add to motorists’ misery at a time when more than 60p in every pound spent on fuel is already tax, say critics.

Motoring groups, car manufacturers and hauliers warned the proposals would severely hit production of diesel cars – which now account for one in every two new UK cars sold – and drive up family motoring costs.

The EU tax is designed to increase the cost of fuel according to its level of carbon. Diesel has around 20 per cent more carbon than petrol, which is why drivers get more miles to the gallon with it.

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