Have done a quick search to see if this is covered anywhere & couldn't see so here goes. When the VAT rate was cut from 17.5% to 15% the Treasury put 2% on Fuel Duty to try & recoup some of the losses. Now VAT has gone back up to 17.5%, but the rise in Fuel Duty has not been removed. FWIW there's an online petition protesting against this here (clicky). Really reminds me of this: Let me tell you how it will be; There's one for you, nineteen for me. 'Cause I'm the taxman, Yeah, I'm the taxman. Should five per cent appear too small, Be thankful I don't take it all. 'Cause I'm the taxman, Yeah, I'm the taxman. If you drive a car, I'll tax the street; If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat; If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat; If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet. Don't ask me what I want it for, If you don't want to pay some more. 'Cause I?m the taxman, Yeah, I'm the taxman. Now my advice for those who die, (taxman) Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman) 'Cause I'm the taxman, Yeah, I'm the taxman.