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Government 'will try to keep fuel duty increases off'

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Prime minister David Cameron said yesterday (April 22nd) that the government hopes to block any future increases in fuel duty, describing the previous government's plans for rises as "like a whole lot of unexploded bombs which we have had to try and defuse".

Attending a local election campaign in Derbyshire, Mr Cameron said the Conservative Party recognised that major accumulative living costs like petrol prices are what "people really care about", the Telegraph newspaper has reported. To date, the coalition government has stopped fuel duty rising by a total of 13 pence.

Acknowledging, however, that motorists still face escalating fuel costs due to record highs in oil prices, Mr Cameron said the government has "still got to do more to encourage really fuel-efficient cars".

He suggested that in particular, the government hoped to promote electric and hybrid cars - potentially with incentives to make the switch more attractive to drivers.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801575642-ADNFCR

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