Fuel prices have risen for a 10th successive week.
A business leader has warned that “loud warning bells” would be ringing in the north if a radical plan to overhaul road and fuel tax was pursued.
Hard-pressed drivers in the north and north-east last night were relieved last night after George Osborne pledged to continue the freeze on petrol and diesel tax.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has promised to ensure that people who earn less than £12,500 a year will not have to pay income tax.
Fears have been raised that the cost of petrol and diesel will soon rise again for hard-pressed motorists.