Labour MPs have lost a vote on plans to delay an increase in fuel duty by 3p a litre in January.
Labour had wanted the rise postponed until April at the earliest, however the Government won the vote comfortably on Monday evening.
Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: 'It would be wrong to go ahead with another tax rise on families and businesses.'
The fuel duty increase was originally planned for August this year, but Chancellor George Osborne delayed it until the start of 2013.
He will be delivering his Autumn Statement on December 5, which could reveal the Government's plans on fuel duty.
A Treasury spokesman said: 'The Government has listened to the concerns of motorists about high pump prices and acted. Fuel is now 10p a litre lower than under the previous Government's plans.'
The average price of a litre of petrol is currently 138.8p, while diesel is 142.49p. In August, when the original increase was planned, the average price for a litre of petrol was 135.5p, with diesel an average of 140.4p.
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By Iain Reid
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