Rishi Sunak freezes fuel duty over reliance on cars in pandemic

Treasury sources say chancellor aware that people are using their own vehicles as safety measure

Rishi Sunak has ruled out a rise in fuel duty after concluding that reliance on cars as a transport safety measure during the pandemic is still too great, Treasury sources have said.

The chancellor is understood to have seriously considered an increase before his previous budget last March, keen to send a signal about the UK government’s green agenda.

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