The man behind a national campaign that started in Kent and is widely credited with saving motorists and businesses millions has been voted the ‘most powerful main in road transport’. Peter Carroll, founder and organiser of FairFuelUK was declared ‘most powerful man in Road Transport’ by Commercial Motor magazine, the voice of the road freight industry in the UK. (see their magazine entry to the left) He came ahead of the boss of Stobbart’s, the ‘Dragon’ Hilary Devey and the bosses of several of the largest road freight companies in the UK.
The FairFuelUK campaign is widely acknowledged as having influenced the Government to abandon a rise in fuel duty in the March 2010 Budget of 5p per litre and of 3p per litre in January 2011. These measures are believed to have saved the UK road freight industry about £750 Million over the last year. UK Motorists are believed to have saved over £1.5 billion in the same period.
Peter said, ‘I was very surprised to be put in this position. I wasn’t told this was going to happen and heard about it second hand. FairFuelUK is a team effort. I am delighted that the work of the core team of Howard Cox, Lynne Beaumont and Alice Beaumont has been recognised. The main backers of FairFuelUK – the RHA, the FTA and the RAC all deserve special thanks as do the hundreds of thousands of members of the public that backed us. It just shows what ‘people power’ can do! And to think, it all started on a kitchen table in Kent.’