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Bus News Lead Story: Issue 351 5 Dec 2008

Bus operators express anger at fuel duty rise and BSOG changes

By Andrew Garnett

Bus operators have reacted with anger to chancellor Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget Report which revealed increases to fuel duty and plans to reform the way the Bus Service Operator’s Grant is distributed to them.

Although the chancellor cut VAT from 17.5% to 15%, this has been offset by an increase in fuel duty from this week by 2p a litre.  Darling also announced further increases with a 1.84p per litre rise next April and a further 0.5p increase in April 2010.

Operators have...

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