Van drivers face an extra annual bill of £220 to fill up with diesel, Labor says

VAN drivers like plumbers and electricians are facing a bombshell £220 hike in diesel costs, Labor said last night.

Ministers have so far failed to rule out a 12p increase in the fuel tax, which could come without government intervention.

Van drivers face an extra annual bill of £220 to fill their vans with diesel, Labor insists

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The government’s spending watchdog, the OBR, estimates a planned 23 percent increase in the spring budget in mid-March if there is no policy change.

The figure is based on inflation and assumes a 5p cut is coming to an end.

It would be the first time since 2011 that the government has increased the levy thanks to The Sun’s Keep It Down campaign.

Brits are already facing a cost-of-living crisis, with high inflation and higher mortgage bills since the Liz Truss mini-budget fallout in September.

Shadow Transport Minister Gill Furniss said: “This would be a huge overburden for millions of working people who are paralyzed by rising prices.”

“Working people are already counting on the cost of an economic crisis that erupted at Downing Street.”

“Now the Tories want working people to pay the price while they let the oil and gas giants off the hook. You have to rule it out when the economic forecasts allow it.”

But a senior Tory source: “Labour has voted against every single fuel tax freeze in the last 12 years. They think the British public is stupid if they think anyone will believe them now.”

It would be the first time since 2011 that the government has increased the levy thanks to The Sun’s Keep It Down campaign.

It has been speculated that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt wants to extend the 5p tariff cut on petrol and diesel for another year, which would cost the government around £6billion.

Rishi Sunak introduced the 5p tariff cut in March last year as Chancellor Germany took action following a spike in pump prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The average price for unleaded petrol is 148p a liter and 170p a liter for diesel, the RAC says.

A government spokesman said last night: “We do not comment on speculation about tax changes outside of tax events.”

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