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Commenting on the debate in Parliament today (Tuesday 15 November 2011) on a motion urging the Government to stem fuel price rises, Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s Campaigns Coordinator Roxanne Green said:

“Successive governments have failed to wean the UK transport system off its oil addiction – and with petrol prices soaring, motorists are now paying the price.

“When it comes to producing fuel-efficient vehicles, the motor industry has generally pootled along in the slow lane – and Governments have been reluctant to make them go faster.

“Cutting fuel tax is only a sticking plaster solution – urgent action is needed to create a clean, modern and affordable transport system.

“UK transport policy needs a new direction which focuses on better public transport, safer walking and cycling and smarter cars that use less fuel.

“Birmingham city council should take a lead and implement a truly ambitious Low Carbon Transport Strategy to help the city become healthier, wealthier and happier.”

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Notes to Editors

  1. Birmingham Friends of the Earth campaigns on many environmental issues on a local, national and international level. http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/

  2. A briefing on Fuel Tax, Transport and Climate Change is available from Friends of the Earth’s website: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/fueltaxnovember2011.pdf

  3. Consultation on Birmingham’s Low Carbon Transport Strategy 2011+ is open until Friday and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/dxqtk62

For more information contact: Joe Peacock (Birmingham Friends of the Earth)

0121 632 6909 joe@birminghamfoe.org.uk