Rather than allowing the government’s fuel duty decrease to be passed on to customers, Boris Johnson has declared war on the petrol stations that won’t lower their prices.
Three different government sources reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was enraged by the fact that the 5 pence reduction in fuel tax announced in March had yet to be implemented at many petrol stations.
Officials at the Department of Transportation have been instructed by Mr Johnson’s directive to develop suggestions to “expose” those who fail to pass on the reduction. Government-run “forecourt watch” or “pump watch” schemes to identify and punish guilty businesses have been proposed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“Officials are considering mechanisms available to expose those companies that aren’t passing on tax benefits to consumers,” a Downing Street source said.