In a move widely expected, the Chancellor Gordon Brown has today announced that fuel duty will be frozen until September 1. In addition, there will be a new zero rate of Vehicle Excise Duty of cars with the lowest carbon emissions and £40 duty for cars with low emissions. The announcement means that 3 million motorists will now pay £100 or less.
For those with cars with the highest level of emissions, there will be a £210 duty to pay. This is thought to affect 4x4s used in towns, but this is also unlikely to appease environment pressure groups who have been calling for a tax of £600 on so-called "Chelsea tractors".
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