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      08.02.2012 00:55
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      Neutral. We need a wake up call but we cant be financially strained anymore

      Did you know? Britain buys fuel at some of the cheapest prices in europe, yet we are one of the most expensive at the forecourt. Why?: Tax.


      @ My opinion on fuel prices @

      Petrol is the blood of the world, people need it to transport food and supplies and to get about, without it the world would stop... Or would it? Electric cars a very popular but they don't seem to to sell like petrol cars. By that i mean, people love them, people want them and we see celebrities driving around in Hybrids but no one actually buys them over petrol cars. Petrol is majority tax when you pay for it and the current rate we are using it up it will be gone soon, so i do agree that petrol needs to go up in value but not to the point where it starts to cripple the lives of every day people getting to work and who cant afford to run cars anymore.

      Of the price of petrol goes up food prices and other must haves go up because of the fuel bill the shipping company is left with - so it just gets passed on to consumers. I agree that petrol needs to be a little expensive so people don't buy Hummers and drive around on 1MPG slowly destroying the ozone because that way we will cook ourselves with CO2 - so for me its finding the right balance. Petrol should never be cheap but never be very expensive like it is today.

      The recent EU action over Iran's nuclear program is predicted to push oil past the $150 p/barrel mark and like it isn't expensive enough already and we are in a recession that will further cripple british business. My opinion on this particular situation is neutral because i think the EU may well want to take action but consumers in the UK do need this oil, so again I'm fifty fifty here.

      When oil is near complete dry up, electric cars will sell by the bucket load, fuel prices will sky rocket and barrels of oil will be left only in museums. At this time if we haven't achieved mass production and sales of electric cars and an easy cheap alternative to fossil fuels then there will be mass hysteria. At which point feel free to make petrol completely and utterly insanely expensive but right now we need a wake up call on climate change and oil reserves and not extortionate prices that will cripple us too early.

      I remember when garages had signs with just 2 digits for fuel prices. Hard to think of that now and if your reading this in 2020 you're probably begging for fuel at £1.33 a litre, because thats the only way the cost of fuel is set to go no matter what the government does. Its going up permanently.

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        13.01.2012 10:46
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        fuel prices : Booh Hiss!

        As a car driver I feel more and more frustrated every day with the increasing price of fuel (in particular diesel) and feel the need to get some thoughts (not gonna lie, rants) down. Stick with me I promise this is going somewhere...

        Firstly, most people nowadays are stuck with the car they already have, either they are locked in by a finance deal or more likely unable to afford the initial outlay on a shiney new `eco` car. The powers that be seem to think that we should all be running, arms wide open, fists full of cash to our nearest Toyota Prius or Citroen whatsitsname dealer to get a new eco model. I don`t think so! I have a car already thank you very much, one which I purchased several years ago after months of painstaking research. I asked myself, Is it safe enough? Cheap to repair? Reliable? Comfortable on a long motorway journey to Scotland? Able to accomodate my wife and mother in law and her legion of luggage? (No as it happens, should have bought a 4 tonner). I didn`t however reduce my research to finding the smallest/ugliest/lightest/least safe Korean car on the market at the time.

        Now obviously there are many reasons fuel prices are so high and we all know about the ridiculous duty and the tax on tax, and war and political instability in the middle east but they`re having us on right? It got to a head several years ago when we had the fuel protests and the fuel depot blockades, remember that? Clearly it didn`t make any difference, the government introduced legislation to make such blockades illegal (Cheers Tony and Gordon) and fuel prices continued up on their merry way.

        So what`s a good honest law abiding driver supposed to do? Obviously the government wants us all on public transport, that is after all the answer to all of this right? Err no. My most recent experience of public transport was not a pleasant one. Taking a train down to London from Birmingham and back again at rush hour is not for the faint hearted. Going down to London wasn`t too bad, obviously you won`t get a seat but there`s nothing too awful about standing for two hours next to an overflowing stinking toilet is there? Waiting for the train`s platform to get announced at Euston was also a tremendous and life affirming experience. I particularly enjoyed the mad dash/stampede to get to the train as soon as the platform was called. Not only are us Brits famous for queuing, we are also a dab hand at mixed martial arts when there`s a table seat up for grabs.

        So because we don`t want to turn up to work stinking of excretion or covered in bruises we drive our cars. We will always drive our cars (emphasis on OUR cars, not the small/ugly/unsafe Korean boxes they want us to buy), the government may as well accept this fact and tackle the tax/duty/price escalator issue head on. We pay them, we elected them, we keep them in their second homes it`s time they worked in our interests for once...

        So scrap the fuel price escalator, cut the tax and slash those insane fuel duty rates. Simple really isn`t it? We can all keep our existing cars and I can resume driving my 4x4 200 yards to the post box. Cheers!

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          12.06.2011 17:31
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          My experiences on trying to cut my petrol consumption

          Petrol prices feel crazy, and now that we are all having to be willing to work further away as the jobs market is still tight, it is important to do what you can to reduce this cost.

          1 - avoid using the car

          A bit obvious this one, but if you are only going a short distance, why not walk? I've dusted off my push bike and cycle most places if I am going around 3 miles or less. It doesn't take much longer and saves on gym fees. If you cycle to the supermarket for a small shop the weight makes you not buy random "bargains".

          If you normally drive to the shops for a day out - compare the bus fares to petrol and parking.

          However, if your mobility is limited/you have a big family or are a commuter somewhere the public transport is not as easy, then you need the car.

          2 - empty out the junk in your trunk

          Don't keep stuff in the boot - empty it out often and don't drive with a roof rack or roof box on.

          3 - check the tyre pressure is as recommended

          I actually bought a small air compressor years ago for around £20 in Argos and it is still going strong. I plug it into the cigarette lighter socket and inflate my tyres/check their pressure at home. No need to pay for air or queue up at the garage.

          4 - join me in the slow lane

          This is the big saving. Get up/out a bit earlier and make any motorway journeys at 60 not 70+. I'm increasingly seeing people do this. It makes very little time difference unless you are driving hundreds of miles and gives you better fuel consumption.

          I am better at doing this on the way home than the way in to work, but at least I'm trying.

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            25.04.2011 13:48
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            You can do something about how YOU drive

            I drive a diesel car, and I'm quite shocked that since having the car, there has been a £15 increase on having a full tank. Whereas I used to be able to top up my tank from red and only pay around £40, to do the same nowadays costs me £55. It's shocking, and the situation is only going to get worse.

            Well, I can't really do much to stop the government raising the tax on fuel, but I can change how I drive. Yes, I have become one of these slow drivers that people get ever so annoyed at, but, I am definitely noticing my diesel goes further.

            The first steps to driving more economical is to rid the car of clutter - anything that you don't need, get it out. It will only weigh you down. Second, make sure there's enough air in your tyres. Yes, you have to pay 20p to inflate them, but that 20p could be a potential saving! Thirdly, only fill up half a tank at a time. I don't personally do that as it's not convienient, but apparently, it's good to do so.

            Then comes the driving. Basically, my motto is to look at the traffic, know when the car infront is slowing down, and slow down using the gears, not the breaks!

            Well, I wish you luck in your quest to driving more economically. Goodluck.

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              11.03.2011 16:15
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              Government uses petrol to feed the cash cow!

              ~ My opinion on petrol prices ~

              The day has finally come, the day I write a review on how high petrol prices have risen. Before I rant I do want to point out that considering the long distance petrol travels to land at our pumps in the UK the price isn't actually that bad. What angers me is the amount of tax we are paying on the average litre which makes the end price one that is quite frankly beginning to squeeze the people of the UK.

              The current duty total is roughly 67p of every £1 spent on fuel (probably more now with price increases) and another rise in duty forecast for April but we shall see if George Osborne allows this to occur, my bet is it won't happen as the oil markets are very unstable at the moment and I believe that a overhaul of the entire road tax system is required. It is outdated and needs a review pretty quickly in my opinion, or we need a better more efficient car that doesn't require oil which the government won't like, as all that tax will be lost in revenue.

              Not only does it impact our pockets when filling up, the average Joe will end up having to cough up extra to pay for their daily bread and milk too as petrol increases affect haulage company prices charged to deliver good to and from shops. Petrol prices increasing can only be a bad thing for our economy.

              If you look at the previous year's petrol prices have really started to spring up in price mainly because banks buy large quantities and stock pile it as they know the price will go up the more demand there is which is why when the banks went broke the price of oil fell back significantly. Now as the banks have been bailed out they are starting to stockpile more oil meaning yes you guessed it OIL PRICES RISING! MORE DEMAND + SAME OIL OUTPUT = HIGH OIL PRICES.

              I just cannot believe just 10 years ago the price of a litre of unleaded petrol was just 54p and even then the tax on that was 39.4p (wow!). Another reason for the big increase this year is the VAT rise which affects fuel duty, the increase was 2.5% on top of the 17.5% we were already paying. The government uses the average motorist and haulage companies as cash cows as they know we have to pay it, especially if we have to drop our kids off at school or just travel to work.

              Ideally yes we should all try to move closer to our jobs or schools and use public transport but this is not cheap, unsafe and very crowded as they do not run enough buses, trains etc...And another major issue with public transport is reliability. A major improvement in infrastructure is required if we are to progress as a country and become dependent on public transport.

              ~ Saving money ~

              Well what we tend to do is find when we have money off vouchers from supermarkets or vouchers we find online or in the post and use these to reduce the amount per litre we spend on undleaded petrol. We tend to do a weekly shop and we normally get for example 5p off a litre for a limited amount of time.

              ~ Did you know... ~

              Red diesel used by farmers to power their tractors has a greatly reduced tax rate and if a driver is caught using red diesel in their vehicle on the main highway you can be fined by the police substantially.
              The government receives around £32 billion in revenue from fuel duty which is a staggering amount.

              ~ Useful web links ~

              For more statistical information visit: http://www.petrolprices.com/fuel-tax.html - I use this website to find petrol stations which have the cheapest petrol prices near me daily. Very useful!

              ~Conclusion ~

              Well according to a certain Mr Hubbert oil production will hit a peak level in terms of output and then dip meaning massive problems for the human race to attend to if we do not invest in newer technology to get off this addiction to oil.

              I do believe that high oil prices are here to stay as demand will only increase all over the world as more developing countries grow e.g. India and China. I do believe that we will decrease our demand on oil but will take a large amount of time before we become fully dependent of oil. Another snag here is that this will hit the Middle Eastern part of the world hard where they depend on selling oil to countries so they would need another product to export or we could see massive problems there.

              Whichever way we look at it massive change is required in order to maintain our current lifestyles of affordable heating, travelling, and electricity. I believe we have only seen the tip of the ice berg in terms of the cost of oil but I am sure our clever scientists will help the world out once more!

              It is good for the environment and sooner we get of being dependent on oil the better for the whole world. With car insurance on the up, car tax discs on the up its hard to not look at the current picture and not be negative but I do hope a new technology will pop its head up and break the doom and gloom.

              My advice is pump up your tyres, downgrade your car's engine size and drive slower until that day comes when we have free motoring!

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                23.02.2011 21:06

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                If petrol prices reverted to a per gallon basis the price would soon come down. If people really appreciated how much they are paying PER GALLON (just under £6.00) instead of one pound odd per litre they would do something.

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                26.01.2011 23:00
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                Petrol is too expensive :(

                The price of petrol has gone up a lot since I started driving around three years ago. I remember coming to university and paying 96.9p a litre in Greater London for unleaded, now I'm lucky to find it somewhere for £1.29 a litre! I understand that we are in a bad financial situation as a country, but the cost of fuel is putting me in a bit of a finance situation myself. It seems every week the cost of commuting to work is getting that little bit more, I'm hoping it won't get to the point where I am simply breaking even! In the past I have commuted with trains and buses so I am not adamant I have to drive, but it isn't really an easy option now to get to work by train and with the cost of tickets rising there as well it's probably just as expensive.

                I just don't know whether it's worth owning a car now, once you factor in road tax, parking permits, insurance, petrol, services etc it is an increasingly large cost. I also heard that insurance is due to go up as well. The cost of commuting might soon outweigh the benefits of having my job, but then I can't rely on finding one nearby me either.

                Is anyone else finding that the cost of commuting is steadily creeping up for them?

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                  09.01.2011 22:09

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                  I am shocked with the way this country is in its current circumstances. Petrol Prices are soaring out of control. a couple of years ago prices were at 83.9per litre now 129.9.....i dont know how we can afford to keep driving anymore. Also if the goverment wants to lower the co2 emissions then why cant they lower public transport costs?? from ipswich to nottingham return train prices £400+Petrol at 129.9 return £50soon we will come to a standstill

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                  29.12.2010 11:58
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                  We need realistic alternatives NOW

                  I cannot believe the price of petrol these days. It hit home the other day when I had to completely fill my tank.

                  When I bought my car 7 years ago, a complete fill right from down in the warning zone (last minute everything, me) used to cost me £25.

                  In December this year it cost me £48.

                  I find this doubling of price really shocking and it makes me have to think twice about using my car.

                  I know that we need to move away from oil-based fuel but what are the alternatives? Getting a diesel and running it on veg. oil - but how available is the oil? A duel -fuel vehicle, which are all quite new ones, so beyond my budget. Electric cars - is that still a serious option?

                  I wouldn't mind paying all the tax on petrol if it went towards funding research into a cheaper, univerally- available viable alternative. There MUST be other options - how can anyone manage at these ever increasing prices?

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                    22.08.2010 11:12
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                    Up the prices more

                    I dont think the British public should complain about petrol prices.

                    In today's environmental climate where weather extremes are becoming normal its obvious to all that we need to reduce our polluting cars / lorrys / busses and use technology that is out there to help us get around on less petrol. Therefore I am delighted that the Chelsea Tractors are disappearing and the newer blue motion cars are coming out and into fashion.

                    What the government should do though is publish where all the petrol tax money goes to. I think perhaps then the population can decide themselves if they want some of the best roads in europe (which are free to use) or want dangerous and poor sign posted roads which you see in Europe in order to save £1 at the pump.

                    Petrol is still cheaper than some bottled water. So why people complain I have no idea!

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                      14.05.2010 07:28
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                      You're having a laugh sort it out

                      Diesel prices are getting really silly now where I used to pay 109.9 (god that almost seems like a dream now) but that was the cost not so many months ago I am now paying 121.9 if I'm lucky. The reason this effects me so badly is that I claim diesel money back from work for all my business use and the government website says I can claim back 11p a mile as the cost on average is 109.9 per litre. This need drastically updating as here's the issue I need to drive to make sales, but every time I drive it costs ME money, if I stay in the office I don't make sales so I would get the sack. I don't use my car at weekends just for work as I either get the bus to get shopping or do it on a Friday on the way home once a week and don't go out other than that.

                      I saved all my receipt last month and added it all up I claimed back £247 in diesel however I had to forfeit £23 of my own as I had spent that on diesel and as I can only claim on miles. So my question is when are the government going to realise that this can't go on. I know the petrol stations are making huge profits too but the tax is getting stupid I am a single mum with a child working hard never claimed benefits and to lose an average of about £20 a month is a lot to me.

                      I buy my diesel at the supermarket but even then they are pulling their prices in line with everyone else now sure cuts can be made else where I think it's about time MP's and the PM paid their own fuel bills and live on a normal wage and see how they like the cost.

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                        28.03.2010 19:14
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                        This is a letter om my views to help get the UK back on its feet

                        I have ideas that would help to re-energising the UK economy along with generating a large number of happy UK voting residents with the labour party:
                        * Generate a large number of jobs both short term and long term
                        * SAVINGS ON BENEFIT PAYMENTS
                        * INCREASED REVENUE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TAX and VAT
                        * Reduced contribution to the MOD without decreasing current support
                        * Reduction in the cost of all public services and decreasing the UK deficit
                        * Cheaper public transport.
                        * Provide every person in the UK with a pay rise without actually paying any money; this would include the rich the poor, the old the young employed and the unemployed!
                        * A STRONGER UK ECONOMY - better strength in the pound!
                        * Vastly increased support for the labour party! Because it was the party that thought outside of the box and provided for the UK when it needed too!

                        ALL THIS WITHOUT DIRECTLY BILLING THE UK RESIDENTS - it is not a pipe dream so Please read on.

                        The threat of the government increasing Fuel prices when the economy is still struggling is bizarre?

                        For every rise of tax on Fuel, you are indirectly affecting the prices of nearly every item UK resident's purchase on a daily basis. To elaborate further for every penny added to Fuel, the price to grow, transport, manufacture and produce increases because each and every stage of the goods process from raw material or seed to the finished product requires transportation at least once. When the fuel price rises the price to produce and transport these goods rises, the cost of which is passed on to the consumer through price rises of goods.

                        I understand that this can be a benefit for the government because with every price increase for goods it means more revenue is generated in TAX and VAT. However the problem you are neglecting is that the consumer then needs more money to pay for the same number of items that they did previously, which means that they then need to go to their employer for a raise. Not even the government is able to provide pay rises for public sector workers, so how can companies be expected to give rises within the current economic state? This make employees unhappy, they wonder why they should go to work in the first place!

                        So how is it possible to provide every resident in the UK with a pay rise?
                        The obvious resolution would be to reduce cost of Fuel considerably - Yes there is an environmental knock on effect but what would be worse a country that faces more job losses, company closures, price rises for the basic essentials including food, heating and electricity or for people not to reduce the amount of miles they drive each year. Many of the long distance commuters cannot reduce their mileage by large amounts mainly because of the locations of the jobs that pay enough money to live at their current standard of living. I hear you saying NO WAY we would lose too much TAX and at a time like present with such a deficit it would be crazy - well actually this is not true. The reason is that in order to stabilise the economy it is necessary to give consumers confidence that the market will stabilise and this can only by providing people with the money they need to live, the more money people have the more they will spend and therefore more taxes paid happier work force.

                        If the government reduced the cost of fuel there would be a huge knock-on effect, providing residents and business with more money, that they could then spend or invest which would help the UK economy to grow again. This would require a little push from the government to manufacturers, farmers and the transport industry to cut their prices accordingly. UK residents would then have more money to spend elsewhere which would increase purchasing of all kinds (homes, modern economic vehicles, food and luxury goods), people would be able to invest more money allowing the banks more money to invest back into the UK (Mortgages, loans etc.). All of these would benefit the economy and the government purse buy generating more TAX, VAT , generate more jobs, introduce a long term growth in our country, not to mention belief that the government is actually doing something to HELP UK residents. So why not decrease Fuel taxes and actually increase your TAX and VAT revenue at the same time. Do the maths!

                        e.g. let's take a loaf of bread these figures are only as an example and are not accurate the ingredient to make a loaf of bread cost ten pence, the cost to transport them to the bakery is five pence, the cost to bake the bread including staffing, building usage, equipment and Gas and electricity is forty five pence. Packaging and labelling costs 5 pence with 2 pence to deliver the packaging. Cost of delivery to the retailer and other outlets is 5 pence profit and all taxes are approximately thirty three pence. Sold to the retailers for one pound the retailers sell the loaf for one pound twenty. Finally the customer spends tem pence getting to and from the shops; the total cost for the loaf is now one pound thirty.

                        10 + 5 + 45 + 5 + 2 + 33 + 20 + 10 total is £1.30

                        Overall VAT on this transaction is approximately £0.2275

                        An increase in 1 pence TAX on Fuel (in this example we will add one pence at each stage of transportation, also the cost to produce the raw material will also rise as fuel is used during this stage also).

                        11 + 6 + 45 + 6 + 3 + 33 + 20 + 11 total is now £1.35

                        Overall VAT on this transaction is now approximately £0.23625

                        Overall TAX increase is now £0.05

                        That is an increase of 0.00875 / loaf of bread using our example, we know that there is no VAT on food but there is really as many parts of the production process is liable for VAT. Finally the retailers and the manufactures are now paying more VAT and making less profit so they have to put their prices up, so here the baker puts the price up by five pence and the retailer another 5 pence our loaf of bread now costs £1.45 all because of a 1 pence increase in Fuel TAX.

                        We have now looked at what happens when fuel prices are increased, so what would the effect of reducing the cost of fuel be? Using the same example let us see:

                        In reverse, if the Fuel TAX was reduced by £0.10 again using the above example (Assumed the fuel decrease will equate to £0.01 per transportation process with a push to manufacturing and retailers the following is not unrealistic:

                        10 + 5 + 45 + 5 + 2 + 33 + 20 + 10 total is £1.30 current model

                        9 + 4 + 42 + 4 + 1 + 30 + 9 = £0.99 that is a saving of approximately 31% now take an average household shopping allowance of £120.00 / week (two adults and two children) that would make a saving of £37.20.

                        So to what extent might the TAX income be reduced by against the weekly shopping? Approximately £6.435 but before you panic, look at how much money people will have left over - this money will then be spent or saved elsewhere. In the case of spending that would require more production of goods, more spending on leisure activities (getting people healthy etc). If the extra money was all spent it would be at full VAT Rate meaning that there would be no loss whatsoever.

                        Now let's look at the reduced revenue from fuel TAX, well actually as we displayed above, the cost of transportation goes down and more goods and services that will provided with a larger number of goods being transported, grown, produced meaning that more jobs would be created, more vehicles will be fully laden. LGV vehicles companies will be more likely to stop cutting corners on maintenance and have better fuel economical vehicles on the road leading to reduced emit ions.

                        MORE JOBS = MORE TAX PAID = REDUCTION IN NUMER OF UNEMPLOYED = LESS PAYMENTS MADE = A MAJOR SAVING FOR THE GOVERNMENT = MORE SPENDING POWER or MONEY TO OFFSET AGAINST THE DEFICIT.

                        Then with a major win in the elections you might want to regenerate the UK's manufacturing business, by making it harder for companies to move production abroad. Provide support to rebuild the UK's manufacturing trade.

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                          10.10.2009 00:02
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                          I see the point of fuel tax but it's simply too much.

                          The British are indeed being robbed. Our country is amongst the most expensive (I think Hong Kong is more expensive at the moment - but they just copied us!) for petrol but it doesn't have to be this way! Most of the price of petrol is simply tax to fund road users who decide not to pay their road tax or for foreign truckers to enjoy our nice roads and motorways.

                          --- the BASICS ---

                          British petrol prices are one of the most expensive in the world. At the time of writing the standard supermarket petrol is 101.9p / litre and the diesel is 102.9p / litre. Most mainstream petroleum companies (e.g. Shell, Total, Jet, Texaco) will follow that price provided they are close to the supermarket. If not as a rule of thumb - the further they are from a supermarket the more expensive it will be. Another general rule is that petrol is more expensive at motorway and major A-roads service stations. Just another way to rob us Brits.

                          --- why I am ANGRY ---

                          Considering the rise of the crude oil prices last year, one would be hard to fault the petroleum companies - but that's last year. When crude oil prices stood at an all time high of US$147, the price at the pumps (or at least the supermarkets) were 119.9p / litre. Today, as the crude oil market closes at around US$70 (more than half of $147) the price at the pumps is 101.9p / litre just days after a 1p / litre drop in price. So what sense does it make? If crude oil was to jump up to US$120 tomorrow will the price increase by 20p / litre - probably. There are lots of criticism directed to these companies - they are acting as a sort of a monopoly as they all raise or drop prices at the same time and consumers have no choice.

                          In addition the rise in crude oil prices seems to be much much much quicker in being reflected in the petrol prices than a drop. A recent drop of crude oil prices from US$75 to US$63 (a drop of more than 10%) resulted in a 1p / litre drop 3 weeks after the crude oil prices came down. However when the crude slowly trickled up I have spotted some sneaky petrol stations increasing the prices within a few days.

                          One more thing is the government. As if the price of petrol is not expensive enough they keep increasing the fuel tax year after year. It is not only a burden for the haulage industries but for the average motorists too. The public transport outside of London is simply not up to scratch and is definitely not fit for commuting for 10% of the country's workforce. I would recommend with every rise in fuel tax a similar amount should be invested in public transport or at least an alternative to driving.

                          --- what we can DO ---

                          Boycotting is no longer an option. We would all want to do it but in a world of time and money it is simply not viable. The thing left for us to do is probably drive more economically - don't accelerate harshly, inflate the tyres to a suitable pressure and make sure you don't carry any unnecessary loads. Also make sure you are filling in petrol in the cheapest pump in your area - lots of websites help with this. Remember supermarkets may not always be the cheapest - look around. But also remember that driving around for petrol costs money in petrol too!

                          --- CONCLUSION ---

                          The petrol prices is unlikely to return to their 2003/4 levels of 69.9p / litre. With crude oil seeming to be fixed around the US$60 - $80 mark it looks like the 90p - 110p / litre is more realistic. I believe the 70% or more tax is simply unreasonable and I would also like to see the money being spent on public transport and making sure is up to scratch. I am looking forward to a day when people can ditch their cars and gladly take their local on-time, not crowded and cheap trains!!

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                            08.07.2009 09:06
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                            there are ways to save money - even with rising costs

                            I origionally took my driving test a couple of years ago because I live just outside of town, it's about a half an hour walk but only takes around 4 minutes on the bus at a cost of £3.40. I live with my partner so when we both went to town it cost us £6.80 and as we went to town 6 days a week it was costing us too much money in bus fair which is what pushed us to get a car.

                            We now have a car and although it is much more convenient then catching the bus or walking, I am finding the continuous hike in petrol prices difficult to cope with.

                            When my partner and I first got the car, the price of petrol was much cheaper, I remember it was about 94.9p per litre *(unleaded) now I'm lucky up to pay under £1. It costs me around £35 per week to fill my car up where as a couple years ago I was paying £20. To me £15 per week is a huge difference, I really struggle as a student and think it is incredibly unfair that somebody out there is making huge profits on my behalf.

                            Although I hate the thought of petrol prices continuing to rise, there is little I can do about it. Therefore I have come up with some money saving tips that have certainly helped me more recently:

                            *Visit www.petrolprices.co.uk - This site shows you the cheapest petrol station in you area.
                            *Check your cars Tyre pressure.
                            *Drive steadily- Rapid accelleration or braking will cosume more petrol then what it would if you were to drive steadily.
                            *Leave your car at home if you can- whats the point in wasting petrol if its only a 5 minute walk?
                            *Dont carry extra weight- Extra weight will only cost you more in fuel.
                            *Dont travel when its very busy, so that you dont have to keep breaking and accelerating.

                            I hope these tips help you. Keep saving.

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                              29.06.2009 12:49
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                              The government should step in and help the motorist.

                              I am not at all happy with the UK Petrol Prices at present. Although not at last years high of £1.20 a litre for unleaded, the average is still 99.99p a litre for unleaded. I always check my prices on www.petrolprices.com which tells me the cheapest garage in my area. Yesterday I was out with my family and I noticed the petrol gauge was quite low so I decided to put £20 in. It never even moved the gauge to half way. I am getting taxed on taking my family for a run out, which can't be fair. I understand that this has always been the case but it hasn't been as obvious as now.

                              I live in the city and can get public transport if I wished, but the buses are often infrequent and dirty. I like to rely on my own transport which surely I have a right to do. Okay I understand it doesn't help the environment, but surely the government should be helping by giving grants to convert cars to a cleaner fuel like electric or bio fuel. I certainly don't mind if it affects the performance of the car. I'm not a boy racer and just want to get from A-B.
                              Instead they seem hell bent on taxing the motorist as much as they can.

                              Personally I have a lot of sympathy for those who live in the country or some distances from the country. If it unfair for me, it is double so for them. I really do think the government have a lot to answer for.

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