Govt. Needs to Cut Fuel Costs - Hanafin

Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus Hanafin has called on the Government representatives in County Tipperary to support a Fianna Fáil Bill this week to cut the cost of petrol and diesel throughout the country.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus Hanafin has called on the Government representatives in County Tipperary to support a Fianna Fáil Bill this week to cut the cost of petrol and diesel throughout the country.

The Motorists Emergency Relief Bill is proposing that the cost of petrol and diesel be reduced by 5 cent with immediate effect.

Cllr Hanafin said: “The simple fact is that motorists have had enough. The cost for people to fill up their vehicles has become unmanageable and it’s time the government intervened.

“The average cost of a litre of petrol has risen by almost 10 per cent since March 2011 and by 56 per cent in the last three years. The figures are absolutely crazy and law-makers cannot sit by doing nothing while people worry how they’re going to pay for a tank of fuel.

December’s budget made the situation worse when the Government hiked Carbon Tax and VAT on fuel.

“It is not just motorists that are being affected, farmers and small businesses across Tipperary are struggling with these costs. An instant reduction of 5 cent at the pumps would make a real difference for many people.

“The Fianna Fáil proposal also calls for a review of fuel prices every three months instead of the current system of annual reviews. The global oil price is so volatile at the moment that it changes every day. If the Government is serious about reacting to the needs of ordinary households, it needs to become a lot more flexible.

“I am urging the Government and both Fine Gael and Labour TDs in North Tipperary to support the Fianna Fáil legislation this week and bring about some much needed relief for local motorists” Cllr Hanafin concluded.