“We had a very open conversation and no one pulled any punches,” said King. According to the RHA, proposed increases of 2p/litre would cost the average trucker an extra £1,200 per annum.

The AA is in support of the RHA's request, with president Edmund King saying: “The Chancellor has already bagged an unexpected windfall of more than £4 billion from motorists and the oil industry in the last twelve months and therefore even if he scraps the threatened 2p/litre increase he would still be £3 billion better off.”