Running down the escalator
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Do you listen to rumours? According to weekend reports in the newspapers Chancellor Gordon Brown is preparing to climb down over the annual fuel escalator. Yeah, right!
He's said to have ordered Treasury economists to look at other ways of screwing money out of road users to replace the annual fuel duty increase, which is predicted to raise as much as izobn by 2008.
In the light of recent comments from the Department of Transport (which is said to be against any Uturn on the escalator) we're not impressed by these stories, but here are a few facts that might just ease your burden: • In this week's issue you'll find the second in our series of Pocket Guides to Road Transport Law. Read it, and stay legal.
• From next week, for four weeks, we're cutting the price of Commercial Motor to 95p. So when rates are tight you'll still be able to afford the "bible" of the industry.
• Then, in our 9 September issue, you'll find plenty of "added value", induding a free cover-mounted interne access CD, and our regular Return Loads Guide.
• And on 16 September there's another CD, this time from Mercedes-Benz, featuring an interactive electronic "roadtest" of its Actros heavy truck range, as well as a 12-page supplement on contract hire and Ryder.
So don't waste time listening to rumours. Stick to the facts. Stick to Commercial Motor!