The Chancellor of the Exchequer takes a range of factors into consideration when contemplating rates of excise duty on road fuels. These include fiscal, economic, social and environmental considerations.
In the medium term, sound public finances are essential in order to protect stability, employment and growth for all UK residents, including motorists.
It is for this reason that at Budget 2009 the Chancellor announced that fuel duty would increase by 1p per litre in real term, in April 2010 to 2013. These changes will also help to save 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, by 2013.