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Tradespeople forked out an extra £573 this year on fuel for their vans amid cost of living crisis

TRADESPEOPLE will pay an extra £573 on fuel for their vans this year, analysis by Auto Trader shows.

The soaring cost of staying on the road is exposed as the Chancellor imposes a stinging “Transit Tax” on drivers.

In the middle of a cost of living crisis, tradespeople have paid more than £500 on fuel this year

Jeremy Hunt announced in his Autumn Statement that the Van Benefit Charge and Fuel Benefit Charges — taxes on the personal use of company vehicles — would rise in April 2023 in line with the Consumer Price Index — currently at 11.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Auto Trader figures show the average cost of a used Transit van on its site has rocketed seven per cent to £19,429 in the past 12 months.

And new ones are up even higher — 14 per cent to £33,821.

Backing our Stand By Our Vans campaign, The Sun’s working champion Dan Ware has called on the Chancellor for help.

He said: “White van men like me are already paying through the nose without slapping us with extra charges.

“It won’t be long before they’ve bled us dry.”

Auto Trader added: “The Chancellor’s latest tax grab will win no friends among van drivers when their costs have gone up so much already.”

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