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UK government confirms fuel tax rise on April Fools' Day

While we may be enjoying the fun and frolics of April Fools' Day it is no joke for UK motorists with a 2.12p a litre fuel tax rise levied on their petrol and diesel from today. Even though the UK authorities delayed the implementation of the fuel tax increase it is estimated that the rise will cost each and every family in the UK around £54 a year. This comes at a time when it has never been more expensive to run a vehicle on UK roads and many in the UK are facing financial difficulties.

The average price of diesel is now around £1.03 and the price of petrol in the region of 90.22p across the U.K.'s supermarket forecourts - but slightly higher in other garages around the country. This is the second time the proposed rise in fuel tax has been deferred although in hindsight it could not have come at a worse moment for the UK consumer. It would appear that yet again UK motorists are seen as "cannon fodder" for the UK authorities who are looking to increase their tax income at a time when income tax and business taxes have fallen sharply.

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