October 10, 2010 19:01 ET

Van Driver Worst Affected in Fuel Duty Rise, Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2010) - The latest rise is fuel duty tax will hit van drivers hardest warns Swinton Commercial, as an extra 1p per litre is added on, making fuel at least 10p dearer per litre compared with this time last year.

This latest increase is due to the staggered fuel duty rise implemented in April by the previous Government whereby a 3p increase in fuel duty would be staggered over a number of months. The next increase will be in January 2011.

Swinton Commercial, one of the leading high street retailers of van insurance is warning van drivers and fleet managers that they may be hardest hit with the fuel rises.

Transit-reliant businesses are always trying to reduce costs so the fuel duty is likely to hit them the hardest. Swinton is urging fleet managers and drivers to be more conscious of fuel consumption and invest in some time teaching drivers how to be more fuel-efficient.

In the past 12 months, Swinton Commercial has seen a steady increase in the number of van insurance quotes processed for smaller engines as drivers downsize in an attempt to reduce costs.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said," Our van insurance customers have watched fuel prices rise steadily over the past year. Even though the fuel rise has been staggered van drivers are still struggling to cope with the increase in driving costs. The best way to reduce costs is to be conscious of fuel consumption and try and be more fuel efficient by only making journeys when absolutely necessary and careful route planning."

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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