Petrol hits an all time high of £1.20 next stop £1.50?

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In July 2008 we saw petrol hit a massive 119.7p. Back then, one British Pound would buy you two US Dollars. Today we expect the average price of one litre of Unleaded to have hit £1.20 (if you round it to two decimal places it’s actually already happened but to be precise it was 119.96p yesterday) and today’s figures will be available tomorrow around 12pm.

During the financial crisis the UK has fared a lot worse with our currency weakening so much that today you can only get one and a half US dollars for every pound.

This more than any other factor has caused higher pump prices over the past few years. We have seen fuel duty rises too but the impact of the exchange rate has been the single largest cause of rising pump prices lately.

The second biggest culprit is oil prices and things are looking set to get worse with them starting to rise again and with Brent Crude at around $86 a barrel an 18 month high.

Because the exchange rate is so important, the biggest threat to the price we pay at the pumps in the short term is actually what the financial markets make of the election. If they are worried about a hung parliament or the plans to reduce the deficit then the UK could have its credit rating downgraded.

Were this to happen and the UK to lose its coveted AAA credit rating, then the money we are borrowing as a country will be seen as higher risk and the value of the pound in our pockets could plummet to new lows.

With the price of oil on the rise as well we could even see the prices at the pumps hitting a massive £1.50 this summer!

So we wanted to ask our members how is this affecting your lives? Does it feel worse now compared to July 2008? Are you driving less? Are you getting used to higher prices? Have you lost your job because of rising prices? Please tell us your experiences below.

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T. Bergin February 25, 2013

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During parliamentary question some time ago, it was said by the government that, "They would scrap the extra fuel duty on all fuels at the garages". It seems to me, that they have gone back on their word again. How can we the public keep on putting up with this greed in tax. It seems to me that they will do anything to keep us off the road. Businesses and all people from all walks of life will continue to suffer. Enough is enough,it's about time the whole country came to a standstill and boycotted fuel for one week. This would sort the problem out and make the government realise they cannot keep on asking for more money. It is unfair to everyone to expect us to pay such high prices at the pumps.

Stephan Jones April 27, 2011

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This is realy affecting my work as i have to use car for carting tools around and i have tried passing the cost of fuel on but it affects the price that I quote and im now loosing work. so what do i do turn work down and end up on the dole ? so what happend to the fuel stabiliser that was in the last buget since the buget Ive seen fuel prices going up and up. bye about 10 /20 pence I did vote for the new coverment but im now thinking that I did not signup for me not to be able to feed my fammerly

Andrew April 24, 2011

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We need to protest on the 5th May outside the POLLING stations for the local elections and the av referendum let the politicians see we are sick of the taxes we have to put up with. If we protest at the polling stations it would get some tv coverage at local and national levels so come on lets get together and arrange this asap !!! Don't forget if we o or say nothing Diesel will be £2.00 a litre by Christmas and Petrolclose behind at £1.90 a litre.

John Axon April 12, 2011

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If fuel keeps rising it will hit everyone but mainly the people on low wages and those who earn £30k and below. As Goverments try to justify the banks greed by bailing them out, and cutting jobs the oil producing countries can charge the West whatever it wants.
It's time we looked into alternative fuels and to reduce our dependancy on these countries. I know people will say that those in debt should have been more careful, but when the banks are dangling large loans at competive prices at people they will take it.
These fuel rises are compounding debt to this part of society. Food and raw materials will rise with the continue fuel price increases, and in the near future it will be the rich and lottery millionaires who will be able to drive a car. So how will we get to work as bus and train prices soar?

Anthony Marsh April 5, 2011

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The way the price of petrol is going up, soon the only people able to run a car will be Bankers, Company Directors and High ranking government officials.

Degsie March 6, 2011

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I hope it goes up to £3.00 a litre so that the poor are forced off the road - then I can enjoy my motoring more. The roads are all clogged up with cheap cars full of awful people.

    DonLyn March 20, 2012

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    Everyone has the right to drive. I am a poor person with a cheap car, however I would never post an offensive comment on the Internet. That is what awful people do !

Daz March 3, 2011

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The people of Britain have been beaten down. We are out cold. For some reason the press are not jumping onto the fact that is on everyone’s mind Whenever you go to or go past a petrol stations you think....


They are mentioning it, but not putting the extra effort of going all the way with it. We all know they can, so why not. Probably get slapped with a terrorist charge injunction.

These prices are milking us dry. I have four children, which in my mind, blows public transport out of the scenario for travel.
For some reason the newspapers don't seem to be getting everyone worked up about what all adult members of the driving public think.


..(that seems to be run by a bunch of greedy little children).... which will actually do any good. WHO. In this day and age who would have thought it possible. Britain used to lead the world in politics, trade, influence.... now we are like a rotten apple being eaten from within.

The old line ....well, if you knew the half of it..... if we did, we could probably get the lot of them sacked or in prison.

Please....someone in this country just figure it out and make the difference...
Long live GREAT Britain & HMtQ..

Miles Brown March 2, 2011

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sterling hit a year high against the dollar today, but this has had no effect, petrol prices are still rising at the pumps.

John Mcgregor February 8, 2011

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FUEL PROTESTS we must start the blockades immediately the motorist must make a stand lets get organized QUICKLY.

Jim February 6, 2011

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After reading some comments on here it would seem that Tory voters (middle class and upward people) blame the economy on the poor people by telling them to give back their benefits and get a job, FFS you fools listened to ALL THEIR LIES and fell for them hook line and sinker, you thought here we go the Tories will as usual punish the poor and us middle class will be better off ! HA-HA-HA now you know how it feels to be victimised by the Tories !
As for fuel prices, the above poster has got it in a nutshell


Jaima February 6, 2011

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Its time to get off our arses and protest on the roads, block the depots etc.
The economy is not to blame for the price rises ! the "wealthy" government mps and their supporters are to blame !
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS ! All is fine and dandy putting your thoughts on the net, it get us all nowhere ! CALL FOR THE PEOPLE TO PROTEST NOW !!! or very soon most people will not be able to afford to drive a vehicle, that includes all hauliers


Graham January 28, 2011

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At the end of the day Dave, these sh1ty politicians are on good salaries so don't give a cr@p what the average person thinks or has to cope with.

I for one have lost hope in UK democracy, it needs to be fairer taxing the highest paid more and laying off average folk struggling to simply get by.

It just isn’t cricket to put tax on top of tax, and continue to put it up.

I know it's all a balancing act but the way fuel is going it is no wonder that the cost of living is going up, everything depends on fuel.

Something needs to be done, block the roads, and block the depots, anything for a bit of fairness...

Vic January 23, 2011

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10374 Steve

My God, your head is so far your ar$e you must have to open your mouth to see where you're going! Party political bias or what! So everything was great under Labour and they were doing a great job were they?

I was in Stoke-on-Trent last week - the traffic was unbelievable - cars and queues everywhere! Not much sign of people being "priced off the roads" in that "deprived area", or are you telling me the drivers were all Tory millionaires?!

Do me a favour - give back the £40 the rest of have given you and do some work - there's plenty out there for those that want it.

Dave Forbes January 23, 2011

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There is no point in rushing about now , I now sit at lorry speeds (56mph) on motorways in my 1.4 diesel , it really is amazing how you can get further without great speed. The difference between 56mph and 80mph on the 'fuel needle' is truelly amazing and , if we all had more patience , we could all travel further , but this is simply NOT going to happen. The tax-take on petrol and diesel is disgusting , £1.32 per litre (23/01/11) and 80p tax and VAT. Why do I not believe the Tories when they say "We're all in it together" , aye , we're all in the doo-doo together.

Steve Jones January 20, 2011

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I see that the fair fuel stabiliser is still being shyed away from by this ignorant Tory Government, whose Transport Secretary is a millionaire and can obviously afford high fuel prices. He may make a concession for rural drivers and possibly one for hauliers - thats not really "We're all in this together" is it? more "Tough but UNfair" on the average Joe Public who still has to pay top dollar - when more and more jobs seem to be only offering £5.93 an hour.
My poor old Rover 45 is now a nice ornament parked outside my house as my monthly allowance of £40 from my Jobseekers Allowance for fuel doesnt exactly buy me very much fuel any more. So much for commuting to find work, when a 30 mile drive to a job paying the minimum wage will take 2 hours work to pay for. Living in a deprived area (Stoke on Trent) with high unemployment, £1.25 a litre and stupidly high public transport fares is not really much incentive to travel to get a job is it? Lunacy. Nice one you Tories! You really wont be happy till the Poor (Labour Voters BTW) are priced off the roads and out of work.

Kevin Wickens January 14, 2011

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interesting ive just found this website! first hundred pages alll the same dates then a few then very little.hhmm sounds like the british public in action!

Tom January 4, 2011

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The government are scam artists and we are fools thinking we cannot do anything about it. Everyone thinks they cannot do anything and no one will listen therefore we become nothing.

This will only stop once the people in this country get there fingers out and come to a point of realisation which is:
1). The political show running in the UK is a show.
2). We can do something if we come together as a country
3). Within this show we are the puppets
4). Each year we will be introduced to more and more until we finally say no!
5). The more we accept the more we will get
6). The more fear they build in us the more advantage they can take.
7). The people in this country can become more powerful and have more of a say, if they stop saying what can we do anyway?

Martin Channell January 3, 2011

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I think its time for another fuel protest, but seems the british public has lost its bottle. I for one would Picket outside fuel stations and think the british public should stand together and fight the government in the only way we can, fuel blockades and picket lines .

Steve Hensman January 1, 2011

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how to stop this petrol going up just think a bout it bring this cuntrey to a stand sill by not going to work not paying the bils for a month i say do it get the petrol downit will work

Bruce Mcarthur December 31, 2010

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how come that when the petrol hit this price last year the entire country went nuts!now everybody seems to roll over.
the poor get poorer and the rich don't give a damn(that means the current government)

Trevor Wright December 29, 2010

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With petrol prices already rising every day isn't time we have some more protests. I live in a rural area and a lot of people I know who earn only just above the minimum wage already find it difficult to afford petrol to travel to work, soon it will be impossible for them run a car.
This government is totally out of touch with the real world here in the countryside.

Kenny December 28, 2010

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Here's a novel idea to make money for G.B Ltd:

*1. At every port of entry, make ALL foreign vehicles purchase a Tax Disc to use Britain's roads. Each Tax Disc to = 1/12 the annual rate of duty for whichever tax band it falls into + 10% administration charge, minimum validity 1 month non-transferable and no refunds. Driver to declare the length of intended stay.
If this would prove too time consuming introduce "Toll Lanes" for foreign registered vehicles to leave/enter port.
Our Tax Disc doesn't exempt us from toll road charges on the continent.

*2. Introduce a "Mobile Phone Top up" tax, say 20% with those on contract paying the tax on top of their monthly charges.
There are more mobile phones in the U.K than motor vehicles, and we don't rely on mobile phones to get us to work or to deliver goods to our shops and businesses.

Two golden opportunities being missed here, and if they were taken on board then maybe fuel duty could be cut quite a bit.

John Shannon December 25, 2010

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Why is fuel so expensive in the UK. Its twice the price of fuel in Australia and the US. The UK produces its own oil too - so it should be cheaper than in Australia which is predominantly on importer.

Makes no sense - someone is making a killing out of fuel taxes.

Time to get rid of the cars in protest.

Push for employers to provide buses to / from work for its employees, or to move company offices to where it employees live - wouldn't that be cool.

Degsy December 24, 2010

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I can afford more expensive petrol & o drive a big gas guzzler car. I enjoy splashing poor people as the queue up in the gutter to buy their lottery tickets and cigarettes. I look down on them from the comfort of my heated leather seats. I hope petrol goes up by even more and that this prices poor folk off the road - this would decrease congestion and allow me to go about my business without having to slow down behind cheap little cars.

Mitchell December 24, 2010

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Roy , you obviously have no idea of what drives the pricing of Diesels/Petrols.

Go back into your cave with you copy of "the Sun"

John December 21, 2010

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10362 - Roy,

I think that you will find that when oil hit 140 / barrel in 2008, u/l went up to around 120ppl on ave and diesel around 132. However, since then there has been several duty increases. Unless there is a change in duty (downwards), even if the oil price dropped, the value of the pound vs dollar went up and world demand fell away. I doubt that we will see prices as 'low' as around the £1 pl ever again. Don't forget, as recently as Mar 09, u/l was 88.9!!!

Roy Setchell December 19, 2010

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In 2007/8 when crude oil got to about $140 a barrel, the petrol price was about 103.9p a litre. As we know, there is a finite number of litres of petrol you can get out of a barrel of oil, so with crude oil NOW at $88 a barrel, why is petrol costing us 120p per litre? Presumably absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with profiteering!!!

Jim Cutler December 11, 2010

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where have all the protesters gone, petrol at £1-25 and no protests, have you all been brought off ?. come on this is going to far, time to act is now.

Alan Povey December 9, 2010

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I am disabled and without my car I can not get about, I need to attend the Hospital on a regular basis and the increase in fuel is taking a big chunk every week, from what I need to live on.

John Busbridge December 8, 2010

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Lets face it all politicians are pigs in the trough scum, they care not about you and me in fact I have come to the conclusion they just see us as a way to line their own pockets, it is about time we stood up for ourselves in this country instead of moaning like I am now and did something about all the injustice.
I would like to see any one of them try to live on a pensioners income and this new round of petrol increases will effectively stop me from driving.

Pete Graham December 8, 2010

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Just filled the car this morning - £1.209 per litre. £1.21?? I thought the country ground to a halt the last time this happened? Nah, we just roll over and take it then grumble to ourselves about having to pay it.

Time for action folks. In theory there's another one due on or around Christmas (ho ho ho?) and then again in Jan when VAT goes up? I can barely afford to get to work, never mind affording all these additional increases.

Stuart Seeley December 5, 2010

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If the students can smash London apart for the increase in their tuition fees, shall we as motorists protest on the streets and smash up a few things? Will the government lower the tax on fuel?

Sandra Rutter November 29, 2010

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Have just seen diesel at £1.27.9 on the Fosse Way in Oxfordshire!!!! Why aren't people out on the streets and up in arms about this. I will have to leave my car at home soon because this is getting ridiculous!

Jim Haggarty November 22, 2010

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It never fails to amaze me that the tv news and other advertising media keep stating the average price of petrol is 1.20.They never seem to realise that in the north of scotland we have be paying well over that for years now. At the present time its 1.26.9 but in the past it has been up to 1.30, a price you may expect to pay on a motorway but not in a small rural garage in the local village where there is no public transport so everyone needs a car.Unlike some of the other people who have left comments, I'm not yet quite old enough to get my bus pass and when I am it will be as much use to me a an inflatable dartboard as there are no buses except a school bus which stops to pick up children.

Paul Edwards November 21, 2010

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single /registered back prob/still work/public transport a joke/cant afford so need car /fuel prices a joke/ turned off heating so i can eat and put fuel in the car to earn it in the first place /is this dam country trying to do away with me and many others contry a joke /gov a joke /extorting every last drop from all us normal people come live in a normal world mr c and co

Mitchapaedia November 11, 2010

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I work in the fuel industry

Prices at the forecourt are very simple.

On any given day the price of fuel will be based on the “Platts” price. This is a base price of the fuel traded on the commodities and futures markets around the world.

Various things affect this , seasons, general economic demand and supply, currency rates etc etc.

If on any given day the Platts price is 98ppl including UK duty , then there will also be around a 4ppl handling and delivery fee on this to the forecourt. Then factor in a small retail margin of 1.7ppl and then you are at 103.5 ppl before VAT which is 121.9 ppl at the pump.

Remember the individual forecourts will rarely move their ppl retail margins , so any sudden increases are usually down to the change in the wholesale price of the product on the day that the fuel was bought by the particular filling station.

Prices are particularly high at the moment because , the £ is at a poor exchange rate to the $ and fuel is a $ commodity. Global economic data is much better than the crash in 2008 and so global demand for oil is much better along with a much stronger forecast for growth , encouraging investors to buy oil further pushing up the price. We are coming up to winter and demand for heating oil is pushing up the price of crude.

“Greedy” Oil companies is a myth , it is the hedge funds , investment banks and traders that create these peaks and troughs in pricing however in the current climate fuel prices can easily hit £1.40 before March 2011.

David Chapman November 1, 2010

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The price of petrol and diesel is going up every week and will go up 5p a litre in January. That's 9 weeks time. Go to to find a proper plan to fight back.
Either give up and give them your wallet - or learn how to fight back with it.

Pete October 6, 2010

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Hydrogen powered vehicles for the win!

Come on Honda, we need to ditch these oil companies ASAP!!!


Austerity Budget October 5, 2010

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Start preparing for a life of austerity. NOW!

Find local employment. Reduce your debts. Reduce your fuel consumption. Grow your own vegetables or buy from local suppliers. Exercise regularly. Insulate your home. Help your family, friends and colleagues to understand the implications of Peak Oil and what lies ahead for us all.

No more growth.

No more business-as-usual.

From now on Cameron's plans for a 'Big Society' will ensure that you are on your own.

Got the message? Then ffs do something about it! Right?

Arthur October 5, 2010

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I use this site to check prices locally to me - not all the time as the ones that are cheapest are fairly consistent in that regard. I also look at the blog now and again.

If you want to know why that petrol station went up why don't you ask the staff? I notice that stations sometimes go up more than 1ppl at a time - maybe product costs have risen rapidly and they have been holding back increases? maybe they had a promotion on? Whatever the reason, my point is that an extra £1.50 for 500 miles driving doesn't seem a reason to start hammering the !!! key.

John October 5, 2010

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Your point is irrelevant to me. I want to know why the price went up 3ppl in one day for no apparent reason. I would imagine that other price conscious motorists who use this site would like to know what is fuelling (pardon the pun) the recent pump price rises.

Fyi, There is another filling station at Marksbury where for much of the time over the past few weeks, the price has been 6ppl more expensive than other filling stations 5 miles or so along the road and yet there were/are plenty of motorists (based on my observation when passing) willing to use this station to fill up. I assume that they may have a similar attitude to pricing as you do Arthur.

Can you explain why you log on to this site?

Arthur October 5, 2010

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John: The price went up by 3ppl. So, if you put in 50 litres, the 500 miles of driving you get (assuming around 45mpg) will cost you an extra £1.50. Is that really such a great problem?

John October 4, 2010

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Driving to work this morning through outskirts of Bristol (Longwell Green) at around 0645hrs, Shell garage price was 114.9 and 117.0 for 95 and derv. passed it again at around 1640hrs this eving and the price had changed to 117.9 and 120.9!!! What is going on?

Thomas September 27, 2010

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Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has supported plans for an extra £22 billion in green taxes, which could see petrol prices soar and the well-off penalised for driving ‘gas guzzling’ cars.

Speaking at a party conference last week, the Liberal Democrat minister backed measures to increase revenue generated by green taxes from 7.7 per cent to 10 per cent over five years.

He said: “Green taxes make so much sense in the current financial climate. Furthermore, all the evidence is that the green tax switch is popular as long as people can see the extra revenue being used to cut other taxes."

While the Liberal Democrats have yet to explain how they would raise these extra funds, the Daily Mail speculated that most of the extra revenue would come from hikes in fuel duty and said that Lib Dems have previously supported plans to raise vehicle excise duty on ‘gas guzzlers’ to £2,000 a year.

John September 27, 2010

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Oil price relatively stable for the last couple of weeks at mid to high 70s, pound vs dollar exchange if anything up in favour of the pound and yet fuel prices rising again. Any idea what the excuse is this time?

Andy September 17, 2010

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Had an interesting discussion with a tanker driver today. He said his firm were selling out to a competitor as there was no profit in delivering fuel.

For every 10,000 litres they delivered they were making £1.00 profit so you see the money is made by the government and the oil companies that extract oil from the ground. There is very little profit at the retail end.

Shirl: Sorry to hear you lost your job, but that is the way the future is going. If you dont like high fuel prices the only answer is not to buy it. Petrol/diesel has been under priced for years. If you imagine that it would take the equivalent of 3000 man/hours to pull a 2 ton vehicle 25miles then you will realise the value in fuel. Price and value have very little correlation in the current system. However that will change.

Remember the government is not going to be able to help you, you are on your own.

Nick September 16, 2010

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beacuse its culture here so in the view of that no nobody wiil do anything.
however if any body wants really to do something i thing it will be after the vat go up when all it will start to sting.
And dont forget that BOE still got interest rate to 0.5%. if they shift it to 2% in one go then black snake that eat us.

Shirl September 16, 2010

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just like everyone im disgusted petrol goes up and up. Im in a rural town no public transport at all, we use to have one bus on wednesdays they even stopped that! Recently made redundant to so of course im looking for and applying for jobs 5k a year less than my previous job just to get a job as not many about or as i found loads apply, and to places alot further away so longer driving. So thats my rant for today they dont help people on low incomes or low wages by putting prices up and up. Shirl.

Andy September 12, 2010

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Looks like the 1.20p will be broken again in Jan as the tax and VAT rise add about another 5p to the cost of petrol.

Of course thats assuming we dont have another mega collapse in the economy before then. Which i certainly wouldnt bet against, the question is will they allow a collapse or will they roll the printing presses once again. We be interesting to see what the policy is and the excuses they willl come out with. Will it be more "no one saw this coming" and "no one expected a double dip"

Any bets on how long before people are on the streets?

Marktime September 8, 2010

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Lets go back and read the opening post for this thread.
It's now September and the threat of 150p / l for the summer has not materialised if fact since I can see local price of 115.9p (regional variations may exist) we are now paying less than the headline rate of 119.7p of July 08. Was someone trying to stir up unrest?

Individals cannot control the price of fuel, its an internationaly traded commodity the price is dictated by natural and political forces we cannot influence (you can berate you MP about the tax component but you wont get far).
Best option use less, drive less, drive for ecconomy.

Chalky September 6, 2010

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Re 10253

Perhaps Brendan has finally realised the implications of Peak Oil, s*at himself and gone off to set up a doomstead.

Chucky September 6, 2010

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Come on Brendan, prices are rising, vat to 20% and still no new blog story since the Con Dems have come to power. Hope your not just another ConDem sympathiser.

Richkid August 28, 2010

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Why are petrol prices in the Worcester area so much higher (Approx' 4p per litre) than anywhere else?

Because you're worth it!

Les Gardner August 26, 2010

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Why are petrol prices in the Worcester area so much higher (Approx' 4p per litre) than anywhere else?

Grant August 25, 2010

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diesel in towcester is is 119. 9 to 120.9 per litre just getting ripped off in small town 8 miles from miton keynes 6 to 7 pence cheaper joke what charge in Towcester Northamptonshire

Mik August 24, 2010

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this is all bull, cost cost cost, no it doesn't, making money thats all it is

u need u pay!!!! thats what every MP wants u to do, be it national health, petrol or food.

The controllers ppl (banks + government) want you all to be in debt, when u r in debt u WILL comply, fear of losing your house, your job, your savings your liberty well its all to late do a google on the Lisbon Treaty and see where we are.

these ppl will infect themselve pi%% on themselves and still don't give a sht about u or yours.
Stop complaining and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!

High levels of taxation, bull
Depletion of the pound, bull
increase in fuel duty, bull
the list is endless,

The countries deficet can be written off today, not tomorrow, today with the largest shareholder of the BANK OF ENGLAND saying clear the deficet and allow my ppl to be free, HRH. Dosen't take a lot of working out who that is!!!

but typing away here solves little to nothing, lambs to the slaughter

Basil August 18, 2010

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10245 Chucky
"still no new blog story" What, so the same old loons like 10246 Eddie Ellis come out of the woodwork and start drivelling again?

10246 Eddie
You are being wilfully dense aren't you? How many times does this garbage have to be debunked?

1) Why would BP give a to$$? No refineries in the UK, the vast majority of BP branded petrol stations not owned or run by BP.
2) The vast number of company car and commercial users - couldn't give a hoot.
3) I don't see the roads being much emptier. Despite all the hot air (from a very small minority of drivers) on this forum, it would appear that most drivers can afford current prices.
4) Nearly every time this "boycott" nonsense is raised the proponent expects someone else to organise it! The few simpletons who do get involved (believing an oil company could drop its prices by 20p per litre!) just get ignored by the sane majority.
5) This whole ridiculous notion came from a chain email about 10 years ago - hard to belive there are still numpties recycling it!

Eddie Ellis August 18, 2010

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As I have said on many forums, the answer is simple. Pick on a big gun for example BP

Boycott that one company for months on end, I usually look for cheapest fuel regardless of who is selling it as I think most people do.

Can you imagine if no one went on a BP forecourt for fuel, sweets, flowers, newspapers etc, only maybe to use a free air line to wind them up!

After several months of such pressure they would have to go to the Government, this is the only way to force change, the man in the street will not get listened too.

I was part of the original fuel protests, they worked to a degree but only served to anyone people going about their daily lives.

This is the way forward, we just need someone with money to back ad campaign, so much we can do through the web to set this in motion.

Up the revoultion!

Chucky August 10, 2010

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Come on brendan, prices are rising, vat to 20% and still no new blog story. Hope your not just another ConDem sympathiser.

Paul Margiotta August 10, 2010

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Obviously being a driving instructor I have a larger fuel bill at the end of the month which just seems to get bigger. I am disgusted that we have to pay so much tax on fuel due to the incompetence of the people in charge of this country and who have allowed such a massive deficit to build up, rather than concentrating on other ways of clawing some cash back the motorists are always hit the hardest. I really hope the MP's appreciate now how much they are spending on petrol now there generous expenses have now been stopped. Welcome to the real world!

David Pyper August 8, 2010

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Chalky July 28, 2010

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Re 10241

I stand corrected.

I am also absolutely flabbergasted at the incredibly narrow view taken by the vast majority of posters on this forum. Do they not realise what an amazing roller coaster of a ride we have had thanks to oil, but it has to end, and this is the the beginning of the end. Best re- adjust the mindset or some real disappointments coming.

Bandidoz July 27, 2010

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10239. The phrase is actually......

'My Grandfather rode a camel, I drive a Rolls Royce, my son flies a plane, my Grandson will ride a camel''.

Peaky July 26, 2010

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Ya allllllllllllllllllllllll goin' ta hell in a handcart. :-)

Chalky July 14, 2010

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''10238I have just returned from Iran/Persia. Petrol is 10p a litre, diesel and CNG are 6p a litre. At night everything is spectacularly lit up in all shades of colour. There are huge elevated roads, no traffic lights to speak of, and escalators over busy roads in Tehran for pedestrians. Where did we go wrong?

Posted by William Fotherington-thomas, 13th July 2010 10:32pm''

Hmm let me see now.

There is the Saudi saying 'My Grandfather rode a camel, I drive a Rolls Royce, my Grandson will ride a camel''.

It's temporary, don't get over excited by the flamboyant glamour of it all.

William Fotherington-thomas July 13, 2010

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I have just returned from Iran/Persia. Petrol is 10p a litre, diesel and CNG are 6p a litre. At night everything is spectacularly lit up in all shades of colour. There are huge elevated roads, no traffic lights to speak of, and escalators over busy roads in Tehran for pedestrians. Where did we go wrong?

Janet Wilson July 13, 2010

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I am so sick and tired at ripped off for petrol!!!!! I live in Dover Kent and last week i went to my mums in gravesend, the shell petrol garage at lion garage was charging 112 per litre when in dover it was still as high as 119.9!!!!!! why is it sooooooooo expensive down here!!!!!!!!

Danny Joyce July 5, 2010

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Everyone needs to boycot driving; overload the public transport system and then we can bring this or any other government to its knees aswell as the fat cats who overcharge for the commodity of oil/fuel.

Stephen Groves July 5, 2010

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I see a few comments re public transport. I used to commute by train and bus, but thanks to a windfall I've invested into an efficient Peugeot 308 diesel. It's saving £1000 a year compared to the train and bus (with annual season tickets), and it saves me time to drive.

Where's the sense in that?

Cevery July 1, 2010

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When petrol hit 120p in 2008 oil was around $140, now oil is around $75 and petrol is 120p. I know GBP is down by about 20cents against the dollar but that doesn't balance out the differences. With a big refinery being shut in NE England and another in Dunkerque I wonder if oil companies are choking off supply to enhance profits, the govt. wont complain because tax revenue is maximised and they get their CO2 reduction too

Darren Catlow July 1, 2010

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10232 Gary,

Public transport is usless! you have a good idea, but I for one cannot use public transport as I work shifts - & there are no busses/trains running at the times to suit me. I think you'll find that wost people love their cars for a convienience factor..

Reading some of these posts, most people are quwstioning the price of fuel at the pump compared to the price of crude oil. My queston is why does Diesel cost more than petrol? - from what I can remember at school, when you distill/refine crude oil diesel is one of the first fuels to be prduced - therefore making it cheaper to produce! - It can't be a "supply & demand" situation as there is just as many diesel as petrol vehicles on the road.

Gary Wilson July 1, 2010

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I think the prices are getting out of hand? I think just for one day the whole of britain should used public transport?

Malc Heeley June 30, 2010

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When oil was at $148 per barrel the pound was buying $2. Now oil is at about half the price and the pound now buys approx $1.50. So it appears we are now paying too much for our diesel/petrol or have I got something wrong ? If our politicians would do something to reduce fuel prices all pricing have goods transported would come down as we all know and we would have more to spend on other comodoties which would surely help the economy/jobs. Is this too simplistic ?

Anthony S June 28, 2010

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I refer to Owen Wells post 10215 and must commend him on the move to two wheels from four for his commute - sadly this is not an option for many - I'm having to change jobs to reduce my travel and take a pay cut in doing so, but for many this is not an option either.
I'm not surprised Owen decided to cycle given the quote "cycling the 22 miles to/from work "saves" "about" £10- £15 every day I do this." I dread to think what the fuel economy and running costs of his vehicle must be - that's gotta be less than 10mpg???

Freeaneasy June 22, 2010

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I was down london this week and couldnt beleve the price of diesal was £1.17 and its £1.20.9 in bedford

Petermayhew June 11, 2010

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Apart from the unfair taxation of fuels by the government there seems to be some profiteering going on with the fuel companies. I have just returned from a trip to Northern Ireland and in Omagh and Coleraine Asda is selling petrol at 113.99p per litre and 116.99p per litre for diesel and locally it's 6 to 7 pence dearer. If they can ship it to Northern Ireland and sell it cheaper than the mainland someone is making excess profits and once again the motorist is suffering.

Chris Dodson June 8, 2010

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On Thursday 3 June I filled up at Morrisons, Ipswich at £1.13 a litre. Back home just 60 miles away the average price is £1.20 - £1.22. Why is there such a huge difference? I live 10 miles outside Cambridge but our local Tesco is always 1p or 2p dearer than their pumps in Cambridge. Tesco and I suppose most other supermarkets call it "Local Pricing" which to me is a neat phrase for 'we'll get away with whatever we can'. When the cost of fuel has such an impact on people particular those of us in the rural communities, isn't it time our Government set a fair price? I expect the Treasury must be delighted with every fuel increase.

Nick Peek June 1, 2010

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Are the petrol companies just taking us for clowns. In Nottingham this weekend, petrol prices were 113.9p per litre at most stations (supermarkets, Shell, Esso, etc). Just get on the motorway it jumped to 126.9p (within 10 miles of Nottingham - so no excuse for extra haulage costs).
Back in South London / Surrey the costs are still at 119.9 or 120.9p at the cheapest stations / supermarkets. I fail to see how transport or location costs can add 6p per litre.
What about adding the extra information to the site showing the cheapest petrol locations in the country as well as the cheapest in your locality. Maybe we can break the petrol company price hikes by buying at the cheapest locations on a journey and shame them into consistent pricing.

Alan Roddis May 30, 2010

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Every time we get a rise in the cost of fuel the government get more in tax, add to that their tax increases on fuel duty they must be laughing their heads off.I'm of to Halfords !

Derek May 29, 2010

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What's all this nonsense about a record petrol price per litre. In the summer of 2008 a garage in Broadway Worcestershire was increasing there petrol price by a penny every day, until it peaked at £1.35 a litre during July of that year. As to be expected I did not get my fuel from there

Derek Abbey May 29, 2010

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What's all this nonsense about a record petrol price per litre. In the summer of 2008 a garage in Broadway Worcestershire was increasing there petrol price by a penny every day, until it peaked at £1.35 a litre during July of that year. As to be expected I did not get my fuel from there

Derek Abbey May 29, 2010

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What's all this nonsense about a record petrol price per litre. In the summer of 2008 a garage in Broadway Worcestershire was increasing there petrol price by a penny every day, until it peaked at £1.35 a litre during July of that year. As to be expected I did not get my fuel from there

Geoff Arnold May 29, 2010

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Unleaded has dropped from 120 to 113 this week (in Shell garages mainly)
Why this huge 6% drop I wonder?

Gary Orchard May 28, 2010

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i know i have left this a long time and have only just remembered to check the site. i totally agree with paul and his comment on having another fuel protest. i live not too far from grangemouth and would very happily park my car in front of the gates. i think the people of the nation should make a stand on the cost of fuel but as we have voted in a coalition government i can see everything costing a lot more in the next few months.

Philip Bell May 24, 2010

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Once again, the Shell Station at Flamstead seems to have conned the petrol prices feedback on prices. I have been watching them over quite a long period and what has happened now is typical. They drop their prices to the lowest locally (116.9) on todays listing, but in reality today 118.9 - It seems they drop to attract passing motorists and then go back up a few days later sometimes even higher than this example. They have been yo-yo'ing like this for ages and it seems to fool a lot of people and assist them by this approach.
I think it would be good to blacklist any station that has wide variance over short periods of time in this way.

Nigel Harris May 22, 2010

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So a few people aren't bothered because they have a bus pass and we should all either use public transport or a bike. I'm a community nurse and it took me over an hour to get to a visit that would take at most thirty minutes. I cover a big area and it's not practical to not use my car. I would do less visits and see clients less. The people who suggest using public transport need to think when a community nhs worker visits them and helps them all due to having a car. On the petrol side of things it's the city workers and politicians boosting the price again. It all amounts to one thing...........greed.

Owen Wells May 22, 2010

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Hi there - comments on this subject are always interesting. Unfortunately supply & demand is always the rule and as about 80% of the price of petrol is tax it is the politicians we would need to persuade to bring the price down materially (and tax would go up somewhere else). I decided to start cycling to/from work and shops instead of driving. I am finding that the traffic is getting worse and worse at rush hour. I used a "friends" thrown-out exercise bicycle and worked up to a point that I was "cycling" the equivalent of the distance to work before getting in my car. I then took a deep breath got on the bike I had in the garage and started cycling and leaving my car at home. Cycling the 22 miles to/from work "saves" "about" £10- £15 every day I do this. It is also good exercise. Things are not that simple of course - I still have my car - for long/family journeys (more efficient) - but it is one less car on the road for the commute. I would be happy to share my experiences with anyone. Less driving by us all will definitely bring the price down in the long run..

Ronald Jenkins. May 22, 2010

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I see that Tories pledge to at least consult on the "Fair Fuel Duty Stabilizer"
has been completely abandoned. They sing one song to get into power then, once in they change their tune.
NEW TRANSPORT Secretary Philip Hammond declared that the "war on motorists would end". Only time will tell, but next months "emergency budget"
will we see a slight of hand take place where George Osbourne will freeze fuel duty BUT raise V.A.T. to maybe 20% thereby adding 3 pence to a liter of fuel.
We will then know that the so called "war on motorists" is definitely NOT OVER!

Sean W May 21, 2010

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And so the crude oil pices continue to go down..whilst we continue to pay more. Cracking.

Why doesn't everyone just get their petrol from ASDA, who announced that they are dropping 2p of the price of their petrol. Then we will see what the other oil companies will do.

Phil Lloyd May 19, 2010

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The Oil price has been falling steadily for weeks and is now less than $70 per barrel. The price for Unleaded including Vat has reached an indicative level of £1.119 per litre. This means that the Suppliers and Garages are taking 10p per litre in margin. People we are being robbed!

Jason S May 19, 2010

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The rising in fuel is part of the inflation that detoriates peoples living standard, and the government together with bank of england should look into tackle this in a broad bases.

I think UK petrol is already one of the worst in Europe, why should we suffer?

Stef Curran May 16, 2010

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Im a taxi driver and im using more moneyon fuel because of prices but fares are not going up so i am losing out its time something was done those idiots in government dont care

Barry May 16, 2010

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10207 Caroline

"if theprice goes up so does the tax on it making more revenue for the goverment" Same as any other product that has VAT levied on it and I think you'll have heard that the Government needs a shed-load of cash to pay off Labour's debts?

"i personally cant compete/ survive in this financial climate.
im sure im not the only one" It is undoubtedly going to be difficult for many.

"possibly back to a horse and cart is the answer". There may well be merit in that suggestion - a bit like some who say "if this carrys on I'll have to use my bike". The issues seem to be slowly sinking in.

10208 Alan

I think it unlikely you'll get a reply from the Government here - there are, however, many ways to contact Government and ask questions - why don't you email your MP?

I can answer your question though - you obviously selectively watch/listen to the news - whilst you have noted the drop in the price of crude oil (which is not the refined product you put in your car anyway) you have missed the fall of the £ against the $. If anything there is pressure on prices to increase at the pump.

It is a fallacy that crude oil price increases are immediately reflected at the pumps. If you want to understand UK fuel prices you need to follow the daily prices of refined NWE grades out of Rotterdam - these are the products you put in your car and they are traded in $.

Alan Massey May 16, 2010

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Can anybody from the Government tell me - When the price of oil drops by 4% like this week, why is this not immediately passed on to the Consumer?

When oil price goes up, this is immediately passed on to the Consumer, even though it is the future (3mths) price of oil?

Any comments

Caroline Boucher May 15, 2010

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yes if you live in the country and are poor you would be as well not owning a vehicle as if like me you cant afford to put in the petrol .
its disgusting how the goverment tax petrol willy nilly if theprice goes up so does the tax on it making more revenue for the goverment
this coutry sucks with all its indirect taxation .
the whole comcept of taxation is completly out of control or over controlled .
i personally cant compete/ survive in this financial climate.
im sure im not the only one
so great keep up the good work goverment
make country people into hermits we will just sit tight not go anywhere.
possibly back to a horse and cart is the answer

Barry May 15, 2010

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10205 Alan

"the united kingdom is full of idle moaners prepared to take no action whatsoever over anything" you missed the General Election the other week? I think you'll find people did take action to change things. However, lowering fuel prices will be well down the list of priorities for the majority of people (the loons posting the boycott/riot/strike nonsense do NOT speak for the majority thank God). The majority realise that Labour have taxed, spent and infantilised the British public into thinking that everything can be great for everyone. It can't and won't be. Tough times ahead - of which high fuel prices will be but one factor.

As for not buying fuel and not going to work, I assume you're not one of those "moaners" and have therefore taken this action yourself. How are you getting on?

Alan Mactaggart May 15, 2010

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the united kingdom is full of idle moaners prepared to take no action whatsoever over anything. we love to blame others for what this country has become but its ourselves that are to blame here. the only way to stop these ridiculous fuel rises is with a total consumer ban. everyone stop buying fuel!! everyone stop going to work!!everyone bring the country to a standstill! everyone!! anyone??????? didn't think so!!!!!
the lunatics have taken over this asylum.
work more
to pay more
to moan more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Martin May 14, 2010

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We need to be more like the french and rip this country apart untill this new government lower the tax on fuel , i drive lpg car and fuel price has nearly doubled in three years ... when the protest gona start.......i'll join the front line....

Eve Binnie May 14, 2010

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I notice that someone mentioned that they didn't care about the price of petrol due to the fact that they have a bus pass - well thank you very much for caring about those of us that need our cars for survival. We are not all on a decent bus route, and don't have a supermarrket on our doorsteps. Why didn't the price of petrol go down with the price of crude oil - perhaps our new Government could sort this out for us - I think not!!!!!

Pete May 14, 2010

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I have to drive around 30,000 miles a year all over the south of England so the hike in diesel prices has affected me greatly. I have looked at the possibility of employing three more people to cover that area but it makes no economic sense. Apart from ther three extra wages, there is also the extra miles covered.

I have worked out that with three extra people running cars, my mileage (overall for the co.) woulod rise to around 80,000 miles. On top of that there is three extra wages to pay so it is better for me to continue what I am doing, as expensive as it is!

Alan Mccullough May 12, 2010

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I am trying to work one day a week from home to cut down on my fuel bill - might have to increase this to 2 days a week if the prices rise much further.

Peter Stone May 12, 2010

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It’s the greedy Govt that’s addicted to tax revenue that makes Diesel/Petrol so costly here in the UK....

(In Lanzarote its about 76p per litre)

Over 60% of the cost of a gallon here goes straight to the Chancellor, ching....ching....

That’s without adding in all the extra revenue’s motas bring with Car Disc Tax, tax on insurance and VAT on all the bills for tyres, sundries and services....

The motorist in the UK is the Govt’s No: 1 pat yourselves all on the back.... tax brings welfare payments, public sector index linked pensions, and family tax credits...

And the great British public (you) are addicted to these......nice feedback loop

What’s the solution....?

One of these.... come 2011

Or one of these now...

Or if you like bikes...why not ship over from the US one of these...

And stick two fingers up to those UK politico’s who’ve smorgsboarded off you all for too long enough...

The future’s bright... (and its electric)....for those smart enough to wait....every little helps....

But be warned.... they’re addicted to tax, what happens when enough people start switching to electric?

Arghhh you see there not dumb are they?

That’s where road pricing per mile, and fining you for violations via compulsory black-box-car fitted GPS comes in!


P.c.49 May 12, 2010

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This price comp, sit is use less, it lists a petrol station in my area that does not exist,, they must make it up as they go along sing up your joking ,.. it's so they can sell your details to some one else DONT SIGN UP..

Tim Chisholm May 11, 2010

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I have travelled about 2000 miles in the last month through europe and the uk and the highest price for diesel has been in the UK. The cheapest fuel I found was in Luxembourg at 84 pence per litre for Diesel and about 90 pence for unleaded. France has diesel at just over £1 but unleaded is around about £1.25 mark. When I'm in the UK I usually just put in £40 worth at a time . I tend to use public transport more as the cost per mile works out to be 1/2 the price to travel for one person than using the car.

P Taylor May 9, 2010

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It has just cost me £75 to fill my car. I'm on the brink of dispare at the constant rise-and-rise of fuel. Our broken economy has already ensured the taxman will be squeezing the pips even harder. Any more and I will be taxed out of work - and that's before the NI increases or hikes in VAT, depending on which coalition government we get, swipes the last remaining coppers from my wallet.

Bree May 9, 2010

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I travel 3 miles every time I need to fill up my car as Asda and Sainsbury's in Charlton, Bugsby Way offer cheaper petrol.

Paul Sparrow May 9, 2010

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My predicament is similar to a lot of others..I work in an industrial estate but to get a bus to work would take twice as long as my car and I would need to get two buses, followed by a 10min walk, trains are out of the equation all together, so I need my car. I've looked at getting a scooter of some sort but the roads to work are main dual carriageways, which are extremely busy. As for a bicycle, that is not even worth my car it is !
Can someone tell me why the price of oil has dipped like $10 a barrel in the past week or two but no change has been noticed at the pumps ?????? Why don't we adopt the USA style of pricing, when oil goes up the price of petrol goes up, when oil goes down the price of petrol goes down...we have too many excuses this side of the Atlantic to keep prices high !!!

Reg Slingsby May 8, 2010

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Unfortunately i have to drive to work and with that in mind i bought a small car which has good fuel economy, between 50 and 55 miles to the gallon. My job also entails driving to garages assessing young apprentice mechanics, which i get paid £0.40p a mile for. I have tried to use public transport, but as some else in these blogs mentioned, if you are not in a big city public transport is no good, not enough running at regular intervals and no tie up between road and rail timetables. My job, and i sometimes wonder if i should work????, means i have a total daily journey of about 140 miles and i could potentially save about £ 200 a month with public transport but that would mean two or three buses and the train i would have to leave probably before 6 in the morning, no buses running at that time, and wouldn't get home till after 8 at night.
If the government want people to work then they need to look at ways that are sustainable and suitable for everyone not just those in working in big cities, fuel duty should be cut, thank the government for the drop in road tax, for those travelling long distance to work. If the government want more people to use public transport then they need to invest loads of money in it to make it a viable option in the future.

Hilary Wallington May 8, 2010

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I use my car every day to and from work and I do approx 34 miles per day which adds up to 170 miles per week that's without running about at weekends. They ought to call us rip off Britain we all talk about things but rarely do anything about it. They are tax mad in this country. I can't drive much less than I do now and soon it will cost us more for petrol than our actual salary pays us. What makes me so mad is petrol is so much cheaper in other countries and as I am now a PENSIONER and have to still work to survive I think it is absolutely disgusting. No wonder today there is a hung parliament.

Andrew May 7, 2010

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If petrol prices keep on going up no one will pay the price and the goverment will have to lower the prices, they are just being greedy at the moment and they are thinking on ways to spend it on the selves.

S.khan May 7, 2010

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Labour have lost the general election.I say good riddance.
I think high petrol prices were definitely a significant factor contributing to their demise.
Lets hope the conservatives dont increase taxes on fuel at every budget, or they too will get the "shove off" in the same way!

Barry May 6, 2010

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10189 Sharon

"We need to have another protest"

There was - last weekend - bikers in Manchester and some misguided souls in Wolverhampton who expect BP and Esso to reduce their prices by 20p per litre (what medication are they taking?). Haven't prices rocketed down?

As with all the other posters here advocating "protest" you clearly haven't done any yourself, just expect someone to sort it for you! Here's a tip, whether you or anyone else "protests" it won't make any difference. All you can do is to adapt your lifestyle to higher fuel costs. Believe me, you'll be amazed what you can do when you decide to take responsibility yourself!

Sharon May 6, 2010

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We need to have another protest, let the government know that we are still not happy with petrol prices being so high. I cannot drive any less! We are in the country, one bus every two hours and they take such a long route to town it takes an hour to do a ten minute car drive! I love my car but it will have to be exchanged for a small one soon and add more to my outgoings for the loan I will have to take out to buy it.

Antony Ashmore May 6, 2010

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i think we all all drivers inc the lorrys trucks go on strike i think govament will listen to that i know its much to say and ask but if the point to a crisis where no one is driving or filling up then the govament will call a emergencey crisist meeting to review the situation as they need the transort of all to work if it does not then the UK will folder,

and govment cant let that happen its much to ask of uk buisisness to do as they rely on that income and also the govament rely on us to work for them in the statment from the toreys it stats we need to start taking actions for our selfs take responcibility for our selfs,

we need to work for our country so what govament needsto do is harsh punashments to non insurance drivers not just a ban but a long stay in HM service or even go back to olden days make them serve in the armed forces itwill open there eyes a lot more than risk others,

insurance has been high for me and has not even made a impact this is becasue of none insurad drivers take them off the roads and what money govament spends on cleaning up after them put toards the traid of oil,

same goes to speeding offences know im not talking about the stupid 7 - 8 MPH over im talking about them who do 100+ on normal and motorways also put more fule costs on those that deside to have high power cars and sports cars,

and thoses who want to speed i say a responcibal driver goes out and bus a second hand car reusing britans resorses stuff the scrapage scheme for a brand new car all this is doing is filling the tax mans pocets with the tax you pay on a new car and on the tax for that car,

yes i do agree that older cars produce more CO2 over time but if its well maintained it dont make that much of a impact my car is a 1997 and i fill my tank it costs £42 to fill and i can get 382 miles out of it thats becasue its been serviced good and and he way you drive eco driving should be given in normal driving tests not jsut HGV tests as its easy to eco drive,

ie skipping gear changing gears at a sertain revs,
less harsh braking ie not speeding that way you dont have to harsh brake,
less taking off at lights just becasue you like the sound of your tires screeching,
which damage the roads which is more costs to road tax keep the tires inflated to its rec PSI,

dont drive to the NSL even if it states 60 - 70 MPH does not meen you have to do that i drive somtimes on the motorway at 50 MPH in lane one i dont hert any one but some drives think its funny to come behind me in lane one and tail gate me its not funny its called eco driving if you do not have to speed ie go at 70 80 + dont and there is no reason for you to do that,

if you have to get some place get a tom tom go live that will give you the quickest rout and short rout it gives you a ETA of doing road speed limits it does nto meen you have to try and beet the time if you have to be in lets say london and you live in essex dont leave on the time the nav tells you,

leave 1 - 2 hrs before that way nice steady drive does you and the envirment good that way you can go in lane 1 and stay there with no problems,

for all thoes drivers out there that done know what the lanes are lane 1 standered driving lorry lane and emerging off the motorway lane 2 over taking lane one,

lane 3 over taking lane 2 and in some cases of some roads coming off to the right and also for the emergencey servces to pass at high speeds transpoting critical ill paients,

which a reminder to all those that stick in lane 3 and do not move out of the way of a emergencey service it is a offence to obstruct a emergencey service attending to a emergencey call

someone's life is counting on you to move and not to be a lane hog same as hogging lane 2 even tho you have a clear way to move back into lane one with out causeing you to brake,

i see plenty of drivers hogging all lanes speeding in all lanes when its dead of night and no cars are on the motor way but still stick to thoes lanes likes its there personal race track.

i think im finished know if ive offended anyone well its because you know deep down i am right.

Julian Mills May 6, 2010

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I used to drive over 50,000 miles a year for work, but have been unemployed since I was made redundant twice in 2008.
I know that the best way for me to get back into work is to go out and meet old contacts but I cannot afford to with the prices as they are. When I do get interviews it's a compromise as to whether I go to visit the place and mystery shop it first or have someone interview you and be told "what do you think of the place" and admit that I haven't been.
Also live in a rural area that means the car is the only viable means of transport, so fuel prices are not helping with ordinary everyday living.

Karl Thompson May 6, 2010

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When are the people of this country going to wake up and smell the coffee,never because we have no backbone its like anything else we just lie there and take it how high do you (goverment)want us to jump this week or we are doormats print welcome on our backs and lie down.The goverment whomever it is should put fuel down its a recession for gods sake you put wage freezes on us but keep putting prices up.We pay more in taxes on our fuelthan anyother E.U country and its that that is thwe killer tax on our fuel,its funny when fuel hit $147 a barrel we were paying 118.9 but now its $87 a barrel and we are paying more just to fill the goverments black hole.I have an idea why doesnt the goverment give us are v.a.t back on our fuel let us keep are receips and hand them in to get some recompense,especially while this recession is on give us something back,we bailed the banks out.THATS ALL FOR NOW FROM A DISSGRUNTLED MOTORIST....KARL....

Ian Davies May 6, 2010

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I don't know whrere your figures came from but at the moment in S Wales I'm paying £1.24 on average for diesel. It's robbery and hits the working class hardest of all!!!

Oliver Knight May 6, 2010

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Yes, the price of fuel is having a marked effect on my plans and my pocket. I find it incredible that fuel in the UK costs at least double that in the US, even if they do ghave a lot of their own resources over there. In addition, there has to be some sort of floating tax on fuel so that as the price of crude increases the tax reduces - and vice versa. We seem to be held to ransome in the UK; as everything has to travel by road a fuel price increase has to be passes on to the consumer. Poor old Joe Public.

Dac May 6, 2010

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I'd sure like to see some extra things on this site.

1) lists of the most expensive petrol stations in my area as well as the cheapest. This way people can avoid the most expensive stations at all costs.

2) A page with statistical data such as oil barrel price, uk value vs dollar and uk average petrol price. Presented in a nice little graph :)

3) Organisation. Sometimes a fuel protest might be the only way and a centralised point to agree details would be awesome.

4) A comparison of fuel prices in the UK vs other eu countries.

Hey I can dream cant I ;)

Barry May 6, 2010

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10169 Nick

"I'll get back to you later on the points raised."

Wind whistles.......tumbleweed blows by.........

Stephen Faragher May 6, 2010

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petrol prices will get worse that is why i converted to lpg i am now a trained installer of lpg and recomend anyone who wants to save money on fuel to do the same i am setting up in conversions soon and think people should know that even though conversions seem exspensive to have done they pay for themselfs within 18 months or sooner if you do high miles
if anyone wants a quote they can contact me on 07971435657 i am in the warrington area and garrantee a excellent conversion and it does not effect the performance of the car and when you go to fill up with lpg it never fails to put a smile on your face because you know you are running for less than half the price of petrol

Redgiant May 6, 2010

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Good to see the usual bunch of narrow-minded irrational rantings on this blog by people who plainly lack the ability to see the wider picture.

Let's get back to facts: Global oil prices will rise again, the government (whichever colour wins) will put up fuel taxes again at some point (it is seen as a green tax!) because they need the revenue to pay for whatever it is that governments pay for. If anyone seriously thinks fuel prices are likely to decline over an extended period they are mad.

Think about it, the way that the government finances work is through a system of budgets where basically the Treasury balances revenue (what it pays out) against income (taxes of all sorts) with some use of debt (obviously too much recently).

If they don't tax fuel they will tax something else to get the same income, either way you, me and everybody else will still pay. So removing 10p of fuel duty, might instead be VAT on your food shopping. Is that what people would prefer, or perhaps deeper cuts in public services like education or health or pensions?

Redgiant May 6, 2010

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10177 Robin Hook.

If you don't vote you really don't have much right to crticise do you! Some might even go so far as to say you get what you deserve, if you give nothing to the political process why should you expect to get anything out of it?

Better to go to the ballot box and spoil your ballot paper than be apathetic about voting. Even if you don't vote for change, vote for a change.

Robin Hook May 6, 2010

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The price of fuel is a ripe off but the ned the money to pay the MPS pay rises and to hell with the public make us pay why we need so many MPS for all partys are the same they say one thing and do why vote.

D.c.llewelyn May 6, 2010

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If proper public transport was in being then we would not use cars, we in Wales have free bus passes, well don't know after May 6th, but when you go to catch the buses they are not there either been cut or made so awkward that its not suitable to travel, as if they are trying to do away with the facility altogether. the only way for me to get around is by car., what I cannot understand is where are the fuel protesters now, The fuel is more expensive now than when they protested before, but now not a word from them. where are the leaders of the last revolt, I do belive that some are now part of the sitting govenrment in Wales. Perhaps that's why they are now silent.

Charlotte Backshall May 5, 2010

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I own a small independent petrol station. My prices have been really competitive against large BP and Texaco stations nearby. At the beginning of February my UL price was £1.119 Derv £1.129. In 3 months UL is now £1.209 and Derv up another penny tonight to £123.9. These massive increases have caused a 15% drop in my business income. The number of customers remains relatively constant, but the value of fuel being sold is significantly less. Sadly, unless something is done by the government to stop penalising us all (it's not just the motorist affected) with their killer taxes, a local station that has been in the family for 99 years may not make its centenary.

Jacqueline Corral May 5, 2010

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Our situation is such that we have to run 2 cars: my husband is a care assistant going round people's homes on the other side of Edinburgh; and I'm disabled! I do find that I think twice about whether or not I have to go anywhere but the alternative is to be house bound - and I had cabin fever after only 2 weeks when my car was in the shop for repairs. That said, I have seriously cut down on the use of my car but my fuel costs are still around £80 per month - but doing so has had a serious impact on the depression I have been trying so hard to beat. My husband gets around £30 fuel expenses a month, but spends £150 a month on fuel - at today's prices! I dread to think how we're going to continue to manage as the price of fuel climbs higher and higher!! Just as well I don't pay road tax - hubby does on his car. And there's another point, I'v heard that only around 5% of road tax revenue gets spent on the roads - duh?

So all in all, paying such a high amount in duty means that we're actually spending more on fuel than our mortgage (we extended the length in order to reduce the amount), or the rest of our bills, on one wage. It does seem as if Britain is sinking deeper and deeper into a bottomless pit of financial depression.

Avril Stewart May 5, 2010

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Since 2008 we have been giving even greater attention to our use of the car and driving less. We first consider using our Senior Railcard and our Bus Passes however as retirees our mobility is not what it used to be and there are some places we cannot get to without using the car. So for us it is hitting both our pockets and our ability to maintain active lives. This does not only affect us but the Voluntary Agencies we offer our time to.

Adrian Welling May 5, 2010

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I use my car sparingly and now would think twice about that drive in the country, before the price hikes £40 would have filled the tank now it's only half. The goverment CAN afford to reduce the tax on fuel at the pump but the motorist is a soft touch, just what is the next move on getting them to listen to what we are saying?

Tim May 4, 2010

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I like to think I'm fairly intelligent, have an analytical approach and some semblance of common sense (also, I want to make sure that Barry doesn’t rip me to shreds! :-) .

I am increasingly mystified at the rising price in fuel, especially at the frequency at which increases are being applied. When recently refuelling my car I was in danger of sounding like my father, “I remember when the price to fill your car cost blah blah blah...” and then decided that perhaps I should research this a little before jumping on my soap box.

As I am just about part of the internet generation I thought I would, within seconds via Google, find a plethora of web sites and petitions focused at rallying the hundreds of thousands of disgruntled citizens. The result? Not a lot. Just this blog and a few news articles concerning vague political commentary concerning fuel prices.

Take this blog entry – over 10,000 responses, some from the same people, so less than 10,000 unique opinions, some angry, some realistic, some sensible, some credulous. However, in the grand scheme, not many.

Given the blockades of 2000 – initiated by the haulage industry, where prices were about 80ppl I was expecting full on riots – but I have to say, these posts represent more of a whimper. Where are the haulage companies and farmers now? (

So why the high price and certain future increases? Well, from what I can tell, the following three factors are contributing.
1. Value of the pound.
2. Price of crude oil.
3. Tax

I’m not an economist nor financier so I am not qualified to comment on the value of the pound. All I will say is that we have been in a very serious recession – some say we are climbing out of it with a real danger of slipping, others are convinced we are still in its grip. The fact though is that our economy is weak and it costs a lot more than it did to import goods. No one can change that overnight.

Price of crude oil – check out this chart -
It costs so much more than it did and when coupled with facts concerning diminishing reserves and higher costs to developing new oil fields I can’t see it falling much.

Duty – yes, the Government are whacking a massive tax on fuel. They’ve been doing it for a long time and we have been letting them get away with it. The point is, we’ve let them get away with it for so long (Labour and Conservative) that the revenue stream it provides them is so fundamentally woven into the economy that they simply can’t remove or reduce it. Any reduction in fuel duty will have to be claimed from other sources and that usually means us.

I don’t think it’s realistic to expect the Oil industry to reduce prices. As this web site illustrates, their portion of the price makes up around 30% of the overall price to consumers. Any reduction they could afford would be in single digit pence - hardly enough to appease those being hardest hit. The only way prices could be brought down to the 1 – 1.10 level is if the government greatly reduced the tax rate. Of course a Government could do this, but would absolutely have to reclaim the lost revenue from other tax sources.

Also, where is the bitter political debate over fuel prices? Surely this would be at the top of every manifesto if it were deemed a real threat to political stability. Its not. Granted I haven’t read every manifesto, just the summaries, and its not mentioned. I’ve only found Cameron’s pledge concerning what is essentially a fixing of petrol prices whereby the taxation is reduced as the oil price increases and vice versa. I have to ask myself how they would fund that. The lack of political commentary just reinforces that fact the any Government's hands are tied as the revenue raised is absolutely needed because our books are in a mess.

Is there a way out of it? Not overnight. Unless someone has over 800 billion pounds burning a hole in their back pocket. By the time our books are back in the black, we’ll be flying to work in hydrogen powered sky cars.

Yes it sucks, many will agree with that. A lot of us are forking out 30+% more each time we refuel our cars. However, I can’t see how the price can be significantly reduced, not without being hit elsewhere.

Now if I were of a similar disposition to Barry I may conclude with:

I have to say, if you don’t like the current fuel price and can’t see the wider picture, move somewhere where fuel costs less. Alternatively, look into ways to reduce your fuel consumption – I know this is bitter advice to swallow when you are self employed and absolutely rely on your own transport but ask yourself this question – if hauliers protested 10 years ago at the price being 80ppl stating they would not be able to remain competitive, how come they are still in business today facing a price of over 120ppl.

Peter Turner May 4, 2010

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Join the fuel campaign and boycott BP and Esso.Concentrate on these two and soon there will be a price war in our favour.

Margaret Fearnley May 4, 2010

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I have just returned from a visit to the USA petrol is only £1 40p a GALLON
why should we have to pay the extortionate price we are asked.

Nick James May 4, 2010

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10168, Barry.
Thank you for that more civilised reply. It wasn't that hard was it?
I'll get back to you later on the points raised.


Barry May 4, 2010

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10167 Nick

OK, show me your evidence and I'll change the tone of my post (BTW, you don't feel sorry for me - so try and stick to the facts). Points for you to consider:

1) BP = multi-national company deriving the majority of it's profits from exploration and selling crude into the open market - and other petro-chemical activities.
2) UK as a retail and refining operation is insignificant to BP. It has no refineries in the UK and an ever decreasing number of petrol stations. Chevron and Total are exiting the UK - I can't see why BP would bother to stay in the longer term.
3) UK retail fuel market is a competitive one. Retail outlets will tend to price fuel according to local competition - competition being the key word (i.e. following the lowest prices to spell it out for you). I'd say that the likes of Asda dictate fuel prices more than BP. BP are able to charge a brand 'premium' of 1ppl- 2ppl and that's about it. The majority of BP branded petrol stations are not operated by BP and therefore charge what they can to optimise their profits - BP only make their wholesale margin supplying these so don't benefit from any increases at the pumps.

To summarise: your argument is way too simplistic, BP's ability to raise extra profit from their forecourt operations in the UK is severly limited and the amounts raised would be insignificant, BP DON'T control prices on a local level - competition does, "they all in it together" is meaningless without further explanation and evidence.

So, as I say, give me your evidence to the contrary.

Nick James May 4, 2010

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10165 Barry,
You litter you comment with expletives & insults. I really feel sorry for you that you can't express yourself in any other way or in a civilised manner.
You are saying that, (bearing in mind every little helps) B.P will NOT raise their fuel prices at all to recover even a minuscule amount of what they'll have to pay out, and when they do that all the other fuel retailers will not follow suit.
B.P. have shareholders to keep happy (are you one?) and they won't want to see their dividends suffer when they have the ability and the will to increase pump prices, nor are they worried about competition because they know that no matter how much they increase pump prices their so called competitors (they all in it together) will happily follow suit.
I happen to believe that B.P. sell one of the best quality fuels in the country
but and it's a BIG BUT they influence the prices of every other outlet around them and we end up paying good money for poor quality fuel from the likes of the big supermarkets a number of which have their own or part share in refineries (Greenergy).

You'll notice that I haven't had to resort to expletives or insults in answer to your comment, and no doubt you'll discredit this reply with the same gusto as my first ever posting @10163 but B.P. is a company and it will seek to recoup any losses from wherever it can no matter how small, and if that means increases at the pumps then I can assure you that they'll have no scruples about doing so, and where they lead others WILL follow.

Barry May 3, 2010

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10164 Simon


Says it all really. No need for further comment.

Barry May 3, 2010

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10163 Nick

Are you kidding or going for the Twit Of The Year prize? As if the money BP make retailing fuel in the UK is going to even touch the sides of the estimated $3B this clean up might cost! What a stupid suggestion you f***ing knuckle dragger! You'd be better off aiming your criticism at the US where they are indulging in their favourite pastime of kicking a successful UK company. I'm proud that BP is a UK company - paying vast amounts of tax (supporting cretins like you no doubt!) and paying dividends into our pension funds.

And since when did less competition mean lower prices you idiot?

The bovine stupidity of some people is simply staggering!!!

Simon Allnutt May 3, 2010

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We need to stand united against the government on these fuel price increases. It worked years ago when the lorry drivers protested but only until the government threatened or paid him off. We moan and moan about it but nothing is ever done for the politicians to react. We all know that the majority of what we pay on a litre of fuel is TAX. If the general public could protest in some sort of peaceful way things might change but it needs everyone who drives to unite as one.
1.Do we baracade
2. Resist buying fuel until prices drop. Goverment or Businesses can't sack the entire nation for standing up against these daylight robbers.
3. Can't say I'm sure it's illegal.

Nick James May 3, 2010

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I wouldn't normally suggest we boycott any fuel retailers as they're all as bad as each other, but consider this:
B.P are going to have to pay to clean up their mess in the Gulf of Mexico, so they'll increase their forecourt charges horrendously in an effort to gain some ground over their losses, so not for just a day, not for just a week, not for just a month but forevermore we should stop buying fuel from B.P. because once they up their prices for their fault, then all the others will follow like sheep.
B.P. have always been the leaders in increasing forecourt charges so now we could wipe them out of petrol & diesel sales completely.

Philip Griffin May 3, 2010

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I have reduced my miles It's easy when you are 76 and retired I have paid income tax all my working life still doing so. if fact it's just gone up the reason given is that it is being worked out a different way. yes I understand how the exchange rate puts the price up .What about the
Governments pound of flesh? They never miss a trick, we never had the six pence taken off that was put on because the SUEZ CANAL WAS BLOCKED
Still I don't think there will be any change on the 6th no matter who gets in.

Carole Lewis May 3, 2010

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I need my car as I have mobility problems. The price for petrol has really hit me hard.

Lucy May 2, 2010

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I think that because we have such a big deficit that petrol will just keep on going up because the government are desperate for money. I also think that there is a big move on to get cars of the road. People will be unable to afford to drive and it will become a luxury to own a car and drive it. Seems we are going backwards to the days when people use bikes and the old horse and cart LOL

James Jenkins May 2, 2010

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"One of my brothers suggested that I try a magnet on my heating and my car".

Yeah right whatever!!

Nothing like trying for some free publicity! is YOUR company so stop trying to plug your products here.
THIS IS A SITE TO DISCUSS FUEL PRICES not for free advertising.

Colin Shirley May 2, 2010

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The Government should reduce the duty when crude oil prices rise to keep the price at the pumps a sent price.I is sickening to think of all the tax we pay for a car ,purchase,insurance,VAT on serviceing and parts,road fund.I hate to think how much alternative fules will cost because that will have to replace the lost revenue from crude oil.

John Petty May 2, 2010

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I have to drive for my work, its costing me an extra £15 plus per week just for this priviledge to get to the office. I also have to consider very carefully if I want to go out at weekends.

Anthony Styles May 2, 2010

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What about the disabled motorist? As a wheelchair user, I need to use my car to get around as the buses where I live are impossible to get on, expensive and very unreliable. I also have to go for treatment 11 miles away once a week, every week. For someone to use public transport, this is 3 buses and a mile walk at the other end.
The government should step in and reduce the cost of fuel as I am paying £10 a tank more than at the beginning of the year. I do try and use the supermarket to get my petrol as this tends to be the cheapest in this area, and there are no independant fuel stations for miles around.

Louise Lane May 2, 2010

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I drive to work and it takes me on average an hour. It is impossible for me to get public transport even if was cheaper. I do 100 miles every day so you can imagine it's costing me a huge chunk of my wages every month. Nice to see certain petrol station companies are still making a profit off of us!

Nigel Vaughan May 2, 2010

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It's probably too close to the election for any sort of fuel protest to have an impact on the result, but it could certainly push it up the agenda for any new government.

I think a NATIONAL NO CAR DAY should be orgainsed, with as many people as possible rufusing to use their car for a day. If the disruption didn't get the attention of the government, the loss of fuel duty for a day certainly would, especially at a time when they need every penny they can bleed out of us.

Driving slowly around London just wastes fuel, which has to be replaced adding even more duty to the coffers

John Currie May 2, 2010

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Makes no difference who gets elected. One in four pounds is borrowed. The interest on this will result in higher prices across the board, not just petrol. There is no escaping the fact that we are going to be considerably poorer than previously, even if our incomes rise with inflation, which they won't. Glory days.

Alan Taylor May 1, 2010

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Just returned from a holiday in Florida where we hired a 4 litre automatic jeep that did no more than18mpg.No problem with petrol at around £2.oo a gallon. Yes it's true.Even parked next to a little lady one day in a supermarket in her 6litre v8 Dodge Ram that did less. Just shopping!! why? Oh and it is all still sold in Galllons so you know the value of it .And they still use Feet and Inches too.

Peter May 1, 2010

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Oil will always rule the world.
It will get worse in the future and we will pay the price for it.

Maxine Shaverin May 1, 2010

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A fuel saving device that I have to tell you about.

One of my brothers suggested that I try a magnet on my heating and my car. At the time, gas prices were going up like mad and as you know we have just had an extremely cold and long winter. Not wanting to embarrase him by taking advantage of the money back guarantee I opted to purchase elsewhere. What can I say other than WOW!!! Thermostats were being turned down in every room. I bought my mother one as she had a radiator at the end of the sequence which didn't fully heat. She reported back that that is now hot top to bottom and she too, was turning the thermostat down.

So impressed, I then asked him to how I could get some for the cars. We have since been getting an additional 8mpg on average although my partner sometimes prefers to take advantage of the improved performance and you can't have it both ways. There is a 90 day money back guarantee and the magnets retail at around £50 each available from although there will be other sites selling them too. A product which I am happy to recommend to others who dislike the cost of motoring!

Mariyam April 29, 2010

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I'm annoyed that i havent heard any of the top 3 political parties mention doing anything for the motorist who they have bullied into accepting rising fuel prices! 75p/85p in taxes, where is it going to end. All the politicians are bothered about is to how to extract maximum tax out of people & when they realise that the country is in big debts then all they do is introduce new taxes to once again get more revenue in. There will come a time in the future where everbody will be taxed just on breathing air!

Michael Pursell April 29, 2010

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Yes, lets have a national fuel protest. And keep on doing it until whichever politicians are in power realise that they can't keep milking motorists. Most of us have to drive and fuel duty is just a tax without political consequences - look at all the fuss about increased NI! If the government (of whichever party) needs revenue then it can stop wasting its (our) money instead of taking more of ours

Jcr April 29, 2010

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I've just spent the last 45 minutes reading the various transport policies from the the Tories, Labour, Lib Dem's and UKIP, and I have to say the Lib Dems and UKIP's make a lot of sense.

Lib says they will put in place a road pricing scheme that will be used to abolish the road tax and reduce fuel taxation.

UKIP: Support measures to improve motorcycle safety whilst supporting its freedoms. (something close to my heart there)

We will oppose EU proposals for daytime lights for all vehicles as dangerous
end the 'highway robbery' of unfair fines on motorists by returning to first principles
on car parking ( to keep traffic moving not be a tax generator ) and make speed cameras democratically accountable, and remove them where they serve no use.

Give back a ‘Windfall Return’ on fuel duty above a set world oil price, where windfall Government receipts are returned to the motorist over time through fuel tax cuts.

Consult on raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph to suit modern reality.

Makes interesting reading doesn't it.

Colin April 29, 2010

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I see Diesel prices are starting to rise above the cost of petrol. I wonder why!

Jcr April 29, 2010

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When is this going to stop, I'm absolutly ******* fuming

Not only is petrol at an all time high 121.9 at my local independant, I've just found out the bloody road tax is up by another £20.00 per year on my car, which will set me back a whopping £235.00 a year on a 9 year old non turbo 2-litre car with a poxy 115bhp (hardly a performance car is it Mr Brown) on top of all that my bike is up again to £70.00 a year, vehicle which Labour promised to include in thier green policy only a few short years ago, a vehicle which has only 2 wheels and takes up less room on the cr*p roads we have to use, causing less damage than a car/lorry/ bus etc, etc but still costs almost as much to tax as a diesel car at £125 per year.


This election will give us the chance to oust this current lot of theiving/lying scheming barstuards, and the next lot will either be the same or just as bad, what ever they promise pre-election.

I for one am sick to the back teeth with this country.

Jimkerr April 29, 2010

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I can remember when we were all shocked when it went up to £1.oo ..... per GALLON ................... It's ridiculous nowadays but it goes up without even an announcement. How / why can a garage show it one day as petrol at 1.14 and Diesel @ 1.19 then a few days later suddenly they are at the same price at 1.19?
I have worked abroad a long time and recently in India the diesel is always cheaper than petrol and needless to say in all ''3rd world countries '' the prices are a third of ours.
There is no rhyme or reason to any of it, no control by the government.
Another point is that the garages are allowed to put official prices up the following day although their tanks are full of yesterday's priced fuel !?
A disgrace but that applies to all prices these days. No control.

Harry Wallis April 29, 2010

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i am reading all the comments about prices going up to £1-20p a litre but we already have these prices and more up in the scottish highlands.The price of LPG at my local shell garage must be the dearest in the uk at 70.5p a litre and this seems to go up as they feel like. The government talk all of the time about green fuels usage then allow prices to just esculate. After skinning us on LPG they will then turn around and say we must go onto electric motors but not before price hiking these.

Mark Lovibond April 29, 2010

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I needed to be in Exeter for 0900 on business matters and I live in Bedhampton near Portsmouth. I thought about catching the train but realised that in order to arrive at Exeter station at 0830(ish) the latest I could leave it was to leave my house at about 2230 travel to Reading (Changing once on the way). Then stay over night in Reading and catch the first train in the morning. Hotel cost at 60-80 pounds added to train fare of abou 80 pounds. Car journey cost me about 40 pounds for the round trip. Totally flexible. Where is the incentive to use Public Transport?

Andrew April 29, 2010

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BPs profits will probably have to go to purchasing a new deep sea oil rig to try and keep the black stuff flowing. Having had a $1billion dollar rig sink kind of eats into those huge profits that everyone is so concerned about.

Kind of looks like oil is going to get a lot more expensive or the hard to get stuff is just gonna be left under the sea.

Time to stop whinging and start walking.

Robert Tildesley April 29, 2010

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Where is the extra price increases ending up?
B.P. have made billions of pounds of profit over the past year !!!

Peter Sims April 29, 2010

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As a motorist and taxpayer, I am sick and tired of being milked by this government. As well as the pitiless string of fuel price increases, resulting in the UK price for diesel being the second highest in Europe, I strongly suspect that this government's policy towards speed traps and speed cameras boils down to nothing more than another of Gordon Brown's stealth taxes.

Nicola Parker April 29, 2010

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I work 18 miles from home, on an industrial estate so there's no way I could get there via public transport. I use approximately 1 tank of petrol per week so the constant increase in price is having a huge effect.
I think it's an absolute disgrace that the government have hiked the petrol prices up in this recession. It not only costs the people more to get to work but then the cost of food and other things also go up. They basically couldn't care less about the people of this country as long as they are getting their expenses paid for!

Chris Railton April 28, 2010

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petrol prices on the rise are affecting me hard, im only an apprentice on 95 pounds a week, traveling 20.8 miles a day to work and back. its getting harder and hard each time they take it up a notch.
in my opinion they not thinking about anyone else rather than them selves with all the tax on it and stuff. it doesnt matter to them since they on 60,000+ i would imagine!
what a**holes lol

Dawn Robinson April 28, 2010

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sorry to add to the doom and gloom folks but just recently i heard a news article that it is predicted that fuel costs could hit £1.50 per litre by mid summer!!

Sandra Eaton April 28, 2010

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Free bus passes may not be around in the coming years. If the prices keep rising. It's like saying I don't own a car but I can get a lift anywhere from the neighbours. That wouldn't last long. Tax payers pay for any enjoyment in life. We pay to go to work. We pay to come home from work. We pay to go to the Drs. We pay to visit the hospital. We pay to shop for our food. We pay to sit at home. when we watch TV. We don't pay tax to sleep.
If we can't afford petrol to go out, we'll sit at home and fall asleep.
Like we see them in the houses of Parliament.
Then who knows what we'll get charged. Protest. The French do. They're more laid back. They get what they want. They stick together. They send the ones who don't stick with them over here. Where they eat free, travel free. Live free.

Barry April 28, 2010

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10133 Robert

Because the taxation/Duty is lower in Spain - as endlessly pointed out in this very blog. Oil companies and retailers actually make a higher pence per litre profit in Spain versus UK.

Robert Gooders April 28, 2010

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A barrel of oil is priced in dollars throughout the world,therefore just having returned from Spain can you please tell me why a litre of diesel is 1.08 Euros there, yet over here since away it has now reached £1.24

Barry April 28, 2010

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10131 Paul

And I don't doubt the very real hardship that some are and will be suffering. Whether they have done anything to help themselves or not everyone should be treated with humanity! The economy is in a state, services will HAVE to be cut and it's impossible to imagine this won't impact many people negatively. We can complain about overblown Government, waste and the way that the Civil Service has expanded, but does a clerk on £18k a year DESERVE to be put on the dole? Probably not, but that doesn't mean it is the right thing to happen.

The human race has shown it is very good at adapting, and whilst the world will never be fair to everyone, I don't think the doom-mongers are right. In the meantime a positive attitude to dealing with the day to day problems life brings is probably about the best asset you can have. None of us are around for that long in scheme of things!!

Paul Smith April 28, 2010

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Okay Barry valid arguments and I myself have tried to economise as much as is humanly possible, but it is difficult with someone whom is disabled and relies on a vehicle public transport is a problem because whereas there is space for wheelchairs you also have young mothers to contend with! Also Motability as a charity as they like to be known are doing more vehicles that are diesel but then price them out of the reach of most people taking their benefit entitlement into account.

And I have read all the good posts also and some of us have taken these onboard but there is still an argument for the rising cost of motoring so take the petrol companies out of the equation you have the government but the duty goes to pay for other things so are we to clobber the car industry for not making their cars godamn efficient?

My contribution is I have cut down a lot on travel and try to get hospital transport for my partner, but someone will have a go that I am draining their resources oh for an ideal world!! and next year i will downgrade the car.

Barry April 28, 2010

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10129 Paul

When people start to take posts such as 10109 by John Green seriously rather than deride sensible suggestions as to how you can make high fuel prices affect you LESS, then I'll have respect for their opinions. In the meantime those who claim "we should all" boycott/protest/strike (which translates as 'I can't be bothered to do anything myself, but it would be great if you all did it for me'!) deserve sniping. There is no excuse for the ignorance of the facts that some people show - and, sorry, I don't buy that 'opinion' is as important as 'facts' - we'd still be burning people at the stake if that was the case!

No-one is immune from high fuel prices, the key is to deal with it personally, not rely on someone else to 'make it better'. Dealing with it isn't and won't be easy. Amongst the chaff here there are sensible suggestions - not all can be done by everyone straight away - but if people still haven't realised that they are going to have to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and start adapting how they live their lives then they don't deserve much sympathy. Individually and collectively (i.e. via Government) the change should have started years ago. That it didn't (and largely hasn't!) is the reason that there is so much pointless wailing in these 10,000 odd posts!

Paul Smith April 28, 2010

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Barry I don't know you, but everyone is entitled to an opinion regardless of whether they know what they are talking about or NOT!!! Judging by your comments I would suspect that you have some tie in with the fuel industry but I notice you don't comment on whether you are personally affected? The majority of us are and that gives us the right to spout off as you call it whether you like it agree or whatever but seriously as to your comments FFS does anyone really care?

Nikki Hammans April 28, 2010

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As someone who works in the City and lives close to a railway station, I never really use my car that often. The road tax is well over £200 per year as I have an old 1600cc car, however, I still find this quite expensive for a car I only use once a month. I recently went over a pot-hole in the road.. whoops sorry I mean 'Black Hole' as it was huge, and I then started to wonder what my road tax was being spent on??! Outcome, it cost me a lot of money to get it repaired. Then petrol prices went up.. and up... and up... and I found the cost of using my car on the 'odd' occasion far too expensive. As a result of these issues, I am now selling my car as I'm sick of being penalised for owning a car but only using it to do 300 miles per YEAR max!!! On the otherside of things my partner uses his van to get to work everyday and does a lot of miles in order to earn a living and it's costing him an absolute fortune in Diesel, if there was any other way of him getting about for work he would take it - so again people like him are being penalised!!! The only thing I cant complain about when it comes to filling up at the petrol station is the Tesco Clubcard points we accumilate at our local garage and its the cheapest pump in our area!!! Still £1.20p a litre is a disgrace at a point in time when everone is suffering major cutbacks!

Paul Smith April 28, 2010

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I agree with the comment made earlier by the gentleman who has just cancelled his account,this website gives us valuable information to advise us in the prices changes of fuel albeit 24 hrs late mostly but it is a good indicator.

Likewise I would have thought they could extract this info and email to the prospective leaders of the political parties. Likewise someone monitors these comments so let us hear what they have to say, it is okay asking us for our feedback but feedback works both ways.

Barry April 28, 2010

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10115 Geoff

"Just a week should have them panicking their prices down. Then we'll hit the next most greedy. By the end of the month they will all have tumbled their prices."

FFS man at least read up on some facts!
1) A week's profit from retailing fuel in the UK is virtually nothing. If it's so profitable then why are they selling their refineries and petrol stations? You do realise that these are multinational companies that make most of their profits from finding crude, extracting it and selling it into the market? The lack of a few quid from the whinging 'boycott' brigade will make no difference AT ALL.
2) Many drivers have fuel paid for by their employer and/or are tied via a fuel card to a specific brand. You and your like should understand that all these consumers will not heed your 'we should all' rallying cry (aside from the fact that the vast majority of people don't want to associate with individual who come across as swivel-eyed loons!).
3) What makes up the vast majority of the price you pay at the pumps? Government Duty and Tax. Surely you haven't missed that point?!

10114 Paul
"the large profits made by the fuel companies"

I don't have a problem with their profits - the vast amount of tax they pay contributes to the services you enjoy, their share performance helps our pension funds and their profits fund the recovery of our dwindling oil reserves from increasingly hard locations and research into alternatives.

It ain't ideal, but it's better that asking them to pay to repair roads (that we've already paid to be repaired!) that you can't afford to drive on FFS.

10124 David

"With the current hiked up fuel prices and the price of a barrel of oil at a all time low its a disgrace the price we have to pay"

When these blogs tail off the real numpties have blown their hot air, but here's one come back for another go! All time low?? Can't you read? as the blog says: 18 month high!!

90% of the posts here should start "I haven't got a f***ing clue what I'm talking about but here's my theory anyway"!!!

Derek Pettman April 28, 2010

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is'nt it about time we got rid of the stupid .9p on fuel prices as if you go to buy four litres they can't give you .4p change and its a con because they think it makes the fuel look cheaper its like the times when they price goods at 19.11 3farthings so it wa uder a pound

David Blake April 28, 2010

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With the current hiked up fuel prices and the price of a barrel of oil at a all time low its a disgrace the price we have to pay, myself i am a disabled and the only way to get anywere is by car. and at this price i cannot afford to have any social life at all , my car gets used proberly about once a fortnight to go and do my main shopping, apart from this the mobility car sits at the front of the house. i have friends which i would love to go and see now and again but just cant afford the petrol to get there and back

R J Steele April 28, 2010

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Just returned from France where fuel prices are also very high. Supermarket price for unleaded 98 Ron are around 145 Euros and diesel 114 Euros. At today's conversion that 's around 126p and 99p per litre.

Paul Robinson April 28, 2010

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Cor, there's a thought - no car day on May 6th!

"I couldn't vote for your party as i was waiting for a bus!!!"

Sounds a very good date fro a protest to me!!!!

P. Hamilton April 28, 2010

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now would be the time for a protest right on the election these people may listen then to the voice of the british people who have had enough,huge profits posted by oil firms posted on news each day to rub salt in the wound ,at least mr d . turpin wore a mask !

Paul Robinson April 28, 2010

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The pathetic argument that we should use public transport is just not viable.

The majority of the main rail network was laid down over 150 years ago to suit the lifestyle and population size of the day. Where there were small towns, they have exploded into super towns - most people live miles from the nearest station.

Likewise, suburbia and the transport system serving it was laid out in the 1930's to suit the lifestyle and population size then - the population since has increased massively and lifestyles have changed beyond all recognition!

In the 1930's, not everyone had telephones, correspondence was via letter in the post which meant a slower pace of life limited by the technology of the day. Most people could'nt afford a car but didn't need one as local facilities reflected this - local shops provided the necessary service(butchers/greengrocers/fishmongers/).

In the last 20 -30 years alone, technology has advanced beyond all expectations - everyone has access to the web and email and nearly everyone has a mobile phone. We're all contactable in seconds - people expect and demand immediate response and turnround times for everything. To remain competitive and survive, we all now pack more into our days than people did years ago - unfortunately it is now the norm that everyone is expected to be available at the drop of a hat to attend meetings, deliver goods overnight, return reports electronically etc etc etc.

People need to be independently mobile to survive not only in business, but in home life. All necessary local amenties are not so local anymore - Most Shops have closed down and moved to out of town stores, Doctor and dental surgeries have closed and moved in to central centres. The school system has changed beyond all recognition - most schools suited to our children are not local anymore.

Can you imagine what would happen to industry and home life if we all gave up our cars to use public transport? !!! - the Government are fully aware of this, and know that depsite all we still need our own transport - that's why they continue to charge us through the nose. The Americans would'nt and don't stand for it - that's why they pay under half what we pay.

G April 28, 2010

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It's becoming a joke now, anyone would think this country is not already on it's knees...!

Some people have to drive to work. I have no choice either as going by public transport means I have to go into and out of london again which takes 3 hours each way.

I've switched from a petrol car to a diesel car but I'm still filling up at least once a week, am definatly noticing the pinch in the pocket :(

I'm up for a fuel protest too !

Shaun Rimmer April 27, 2010

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I've finally bitten the bullet and cancelled my account on this site - basically if you want to do the same, cut and paste the following into the reason for leaving section.....

"Just basically disappointed that this site and the potential it originally held has never materialised. I think if you read the majority of your forum posts, many people feel the same way, that this has basically turned into just another site who's mails end up in the spam folder. Shame, as it had real potential to make a difference and yet here we are with ever increasing petrol prices and an ever increasing population of people who just raise their eyebrows and put up it.

Mrs Frances Box April 27, 2010

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I have a mobilty car,and the price of petrol at our local garage is now £1.23. we live in a rural part of cornwall and we need the car for doctors appointments,also our local supermarket is seven miles away.
the time is getting close for me to stop using my car because I will not be able to afford these stupid petrol prices, my husband and I only have our pensions to live on and with the cost of living rising out of control we wont be able to put food in our mouths never mind filling the car with petrol

Paul Robinson April 27, 2010

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The fuel prices are now ridiculous - we complained before at the cost approaching 95 pence a litre, what 6 months ago?. I've just filled up at 1.20!!!! As long as no-one says anything, it'll continue to rise.

The Government's poor excuse of Global warming tax, and that we should use public transport etc etc - the country would grind to halt if we actually did what they "pretend" to want. To make public transport viable for the huge population we now have in this country, a massively expanded infrastructure would be required. How is building that, not to mention emissions from running all those additional trains and busses going to help global warming? -it's all a big illusion, pure greed is what it is.

if everyone possible stopped using their cars for just a day, the revenue lost in fuel duty alone would be massive and would certainly make it known that everyone's had enough - let them see the transport system collapse under the weight that day and the massive loss to industry and businesses that they'll have to help bail out in one way or another.

Getting everyone to do it is another thing. After all, it's easy to complain and assume others will do something about it!

I say pick a date and let's do it!!

Geoff Mitchell April 27, 2010

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A fuel protest is long overdue.
The petrol/oil companies are all recording record profits whereas many drivers (like me) are having to reduce their mileage due to finaces. The petrol companies always hide behind stating that they make their (record) profits from their ancillary sales. Well OK let's boycott these as well - until they see sense. We'll start off by boycotting the company that made the most profit.
Just a week should have them panicking their prices down. Then we'll hit the next most greedy. By the end of the month they will all have tumbled their prices.
Lord knows how the haulage/coach companirs are coping throughout this.

Paul Smith April 27, 2010

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Hello guys where to begin! The news of impending fuel rises are going to be felt by all motorists, but it is going to be harder I guess for disabled people. Before peoplen berate me let me try to explain my wife is disabled granted we have a Motability vehicle but take into account that I have to use the car to take her everywhere each increase in duty makes it more and more difficult to keep my wife mobile and to keep her independence. Also Motability have a large fleet of vehicles commensurate to their clients so equate less disabled people taking their vehicles it affects the economy and business also.

Secondly in view of the large profits made by the fuel companies why does the government get them to foot the bill for repairing our roads after the winter chillout seems only fair I reckon obviously higher rate income tax levies don't work but some of these huge profits should be given back to the motorists but they wont maybe it is their secret plan to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road, also a word of warning because if we get rid of our cars we get clobbered by public transport, railways and air travel so we lose all ways.

Eddy Mckay April 27, 2010

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I notice all the big Petrol companies are posting huge profits perhaps thats were the money is going, BP just posted a doubling in profits to 3.7 billion for the last financial year!! wow, sounds like profit taking to me perhaps we should all avoid buying petrol from the big three?

Carol April 27, 2010

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I've just sold my car - best thing i've ever done!
Time to start walking and using public transport people - we're just lazy !

Michael Howarth April 27, 2010

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is it not about time we all got together and had a megga fuel protest ?this is ridiculous it can not go on .we are suppose to be the great british nation that does not take any rubbish from no one !this government and probaly the next one are ripping us off we are taxed to the hilt .lets have a protest instead of lying down and taking it !some thing needs doind now!

Ben April 27, 2010

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or, pay a realistic amout for fuel then drive to work in the car that you have worked very hard to pay for and at weekends drive where you need to go as its infinitely quicker then use the saved time to enjoy some time with your family!

Oh, for an ideal world!

John Green April 27, 2010

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Walk to work at least one day a week.
Car share on another or catch a bus.
Do not use the car on one day over the weekend.
Walk to the paper shop and the pub.
Belt up and get ready to go before you switch the engine on.
Go to work early to avoid sitting in a que burning fuel
Try working from home at least one day a week.

Imran Beider April 27, 2010

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Yes Milos….

I can help you out on why petrol costs so much…?

The New Labour Govt is pocketing the biggest part of the cash you pay at say £1.20 a litre!

McBruin, Darling and Lord DarthMandelson get to squander 75p or so of this amount on the bunkum they believe is for the ‘collective’ greater good…

This is why American’s and other third-world countries in fact get fuel at 50% of what we pay for it…

The average forecourt profit is just 6p a litre!!

Fuel stations make more money on the shop & sundries than they make on selling fuel to punters…

For any that don’t get this….

THE CURRENT GOVT IS THE MAJOR CULPRIT….end of… carefully on May the 6th

Simon Jones April 27, 2010

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I got off the plane on saturday & unleaded was £1.28 at the services! I'd been away 14 days 7 the price had risen 10p!

I can't reduce my mileage significantly as public transport is poor (inconvenient & still more expensive than using the car), so I just try to drive more economically. But there is a limit, short of getting out & pushing i am never going to get much more than an avergae of 40mpg.

Things are getting so bad I am even considreing getting the bike out a couple of days a week and cycling the 12 miles or so to work & back.

When I was a child buses were cheap, frequent, quick and heavily used, because theer were fewer cars on the road. The opposite is now the case. I don't see petrol for ever becoming cheaper because of the tax revenues it generates. But if some of that revenue was used to subsidise bus services, perhaps we could reverse the trend and get public transport that is a viable option? -- In my lifetime - I doubt it!*!*!

Andrew Mosley April 27, 2010

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I've only been driving for a little over a year, but have seen fuel prices rise by over 20p/ltr. It's disgusting.

I feel this really should be made an election issue, either by protests and/or boycotts.

Unfortunately though, I doubt we will see anything like help from the money grabbing freeloaders that end up running this laughable excuse for an economy for the next 5 years.

The "green" argument will be that they need the tax from fuel to use on environmental projects. If this is right, then where are the technological enhancements that have been made in cars not using oil as a fuel source?

I have seen several documentaries on cars designed to run using hydrogen to power an electric engine of some sort. The only waste product from these cars is water. Pure H2O.

The hydrogen to power these fuel cell cars would be no more difficult to get to the pumps than the oil that is sucked out of the ground and refined. As a bonus, hydrogen will never run out.

I for one feel as though the little guy doesn't matter anymore and only big business / government can have an impact.

Maybe its time to remind them what the little guys can do if they work together.

Gillian Taylor April 26, 2010

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Lets hope the new government whoever they are stop hitting us with such high taxes on us punters at the pumps. I am sick to death of filling up and getting back in my car only to revisit the forecourt a couple of days later - please someone listen to your public and bring fuel prices down - you are not doing us any favours

Nan Wallace April 26, 2010

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Definitely driving less and trying to share journeys.The price of fuel is extortionate and so much is tax. This affects the price of everything in the shops and of course the poorest are most affected. Time for a fuel protest.

Elsie April 26, 2010

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We live in the country a car in not a luxury.. block a few roads befor election to get noticed.

Tom April 26, 2010

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I have to do a lot of company mileage in my own car, and we are allowed to claim 40p per mile - which covers fule used, plus maintenance and running costs.

Since the price of fuel has rocketed, this 40p per mile (which I believe is set or recommended by the gvmt) now doesn't go anywhere near as far (no pun intended!).

Another reason to hate work, I guess!

Richard Holt April 26, 2010

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We run 5 vans and are now having to fit speed limiters and rev limiters to them drivers now have to leave vehicles at work not able to take them home and not use them for personal use. If fuel goes up any more I will have to let some one go, go on the road myself and leave the office with one staff in and try and run things from the road. This with the recession has set us back to where we started and you sometimes wonder is it worth the hassle.

Phil Patey April 26, 2010

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I share the same problem as DJK in item 2). I have no option but to take the car, although my round trip is 80 miles and at £1.20/litre it's crippling my already strained finances.

Public transport isn't even close to being an option if I'm to have a family life, so car and crippling prices it is. I'm just really glad that so much of our fuel duty goes to such worthy causes as people who would rather I drove 80 miles a day in all weathers, on some of the worst roads in the country,, so they can sit at home on their backsides, being happy they don't commute.

I too am unable to claim expenses for these journeys, unlike politicians, who then tell me I'm generating a large carbon footprint. This enormous footprint I have is longing to connect to a few politically sensitive areas really sharply and repeatedly. It's time those who have to drive got a break from these worthless, pandering. fornicating halfwits.

Bev Arthurs April 26, 2010

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I'm just totally appalled by the cost of fuel now. I am currently driving a courtesy car (Renault Modus automatic) which is munching petrol voraciously. I'm finding this really hard to swallow due to the fact that I'm having to do a 100+ mile round trip in addition to my usual high mileage to visit my poor old mom in hospital. I really do think that I should invest in an oil company because I'm damn sure they're making a fortune at the moment even if it is only from me!

Heather Adair April 25, 2010

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the petrol prices are causing me to raise the amount that i have to charge my clients for the buiness i provide, this has caused a drop off in repeat buisness and i fear for the future

Amanda Gunn April 25, 2010

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i cant drive any less. i live 2 miles from my work, but have to drop my children of 1 and half in the other direction first. Also after school activities my children do would have to stop if i couldnt afford to drive anymore. why are we letting them get away with jacking the petrol prices up all the time?

Elaine Reading April 25, 2010

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I have absolutely no alternative to using a car to and from work. I have a job I really enjoy, but in the current economic situation I had no choice but to take a job 30 miles away, in a rural area - for five afternoons a week! You can imagine what my fuel bills are like, but until the economy picks up and there are more jobs on offer, I have no choice but to keep commuting - and over a quarter of what I earn goes on the car, not on the house, food and kids! Politicians, with their ability and money to have flexibility should consider those of us who haven't. Bring down fuel prices!

Kannon April 25, 2010

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Why has the price of LPG, In the last few weeks gone up by 10p a litre. I thought it was a green fuel, which ment it would be cheaper.

Tracey Mitchell April 25, 2010

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There is so many issues when it comes to high petrol prices. The last 30 years has been such a change in our life styles as now to go shopping you need a car as they are out of town. So not only does it cost more to get to the shops but then the shopping costs more because they use it as an excuse to hike their prices up to and complain it is because of fuel. I agree the goverment needs to do more and it is in their hands but nobody will anything really because they don't care.

Julia Smith April 25, 2010

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I don't expect fuel prices to drop so I am taking the long view and investing in a much more economical car. I have just ordered a new diesel Smart car which, although not to everyone's taste, will reduce my fuel bill so much that the savings will actually pay for the car. I use public transport as much as I can, but it doesn't get me everywhere I need to go at times I need to be there for work. Hence the more economical car.

Graememcfee April 25, 2010

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i drive 34 miles round trip hell why dosent the gov just screw me for more tax relief pissed off with this damn country lets protest again

Brian Shepherd April 25, 2010

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why is no one screaming about the fact that deisel ( being much cheaper to produce )was always cheaper than petrol but with the increased sales of
deisel cars the price of deisel at the pumps is passing that of petrol on a daily
basis.why not boycot the big petrol companys ( shell;bp;etc.)and use tesco or asda for a week.

Barry April 25, 2010

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10087 Drew

I'd like to see your evidence to support your claim. Most likely it's just your opinion based on no facts whatsoever. As regards OFT investigations - its been done. Read them yourself - the conclusion is that the UK fuel market is a competitive one that "works in the interest of the consumer".

So - can we have your evidence please?

Bill Stirling April 25, 2010

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Like many others, to earn a living I have travel to different locations everyday. Rarely are any of these served by practicable public transport.

Although self employed, sometimes I can claim mileage from clients within HMRC limits. Otherwise, travel costs are included in the rate I charge, and obviously, I can not price myself out of work.The rate paid (or acceptable to clients), is not keeping pace with the running costs associated with an average of 135 miles per day, with the result that I am subsidising clients some of which are public bodies!

Sheila Aynsley April 24, 2010

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I bought a Hyundai i10 to combat the rise in fuel costs back in 2008 so where do I go now, I drive less now than ever, gone are day trips to the coast, life is definately not good for the less than average paid worker. Putting fuel duty up is an insult on drivers, this labour government thinks borrowing will make a big hole smaller. The only way to reduce borrowing is to stop spending, if you havent paid anything in to the system you should not be entitled to take anything out.

Drew Macleod April 24, 2010

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The oil companies have formed a cartel. They are fixing prices and and agreeing market shares by area. Look at the filling stations that have closed near you - and the others that have been "acquired" by another oil company. This is how they have raised prices to current levels, and they will go on from here regardless of crude oil prices or exchange rates. If this had been supermarkets, or any other industry (apart from banking), they would have been referred by the Government to the OFT and investigated - but of course the Government is the main beneficiary and it suits them to ignore this abuse.

Martin Prescott April 24, 2010

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When the rush hour comes when I am not stuck in traffic, about half of which consists of 3 and 4 litre cars and chelsea tractors, then fuel will be too expensive.

Gareth Hall April 24, 2010

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a) when the crude oil was $185 / barrel at the exchange rate of $2 / £1, i.e. £92.5 / barrel at its height, the pump price of litre of petrol was £1.20. At the assumed tax rate of 70% (approximate), this maps onto 0.71 / litre of the actual cost of petrol.

b) now the crude oil is around $80 / barrel at the exchange rate of $1.5 / £1, i.e. £53.3 / barrel. If the tax has not changed and if all costs for refining, storage, transport etc. remain roughly the same, the litre of petrol should cost £0.41 before tax and £0.69 after tax. Even if the tax has gone up to 80%, the litre of petrol should cost only £ 0.73.

I assumed further that the (growing) costs associated with crude oil, i.e. exploration, drilling, etc. are included in the price of the crude.

Posted by Milos, 23rd April 2010 11:06am


There are a couple of assumptions in your figures which are incorrect. The first one is that Oil has ever been at 185 bucks a barrel. That has never happened. The highest ever price was an intraday price of 147 bucks. It fell dramatically after that.

The second is your tax assumption - that its always the same - its not.
Some taxes - like duty are fixed - others like VAT are floating at 17.5%.

Believe it or not but petrol is fairly priced right now based on the oil / GBPUSD complex

Alan Mactaggart April 24, 2010

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i work in the oil industry and the fact of the matter is all the easy oil has gone. it costs more to explore and tap deep water wells so oil prices are only going to rise. however the tax our government take at the pumps is nothing short of extortion and the great british should be taking action on this right now before its too late. at what stage does petrol become financially unavailable to us?? £1.50 a litre £2.00 a litre?? in my opinion it is already 21% too expensive but while we do nothing about it why would the government even consider it an issue?

Adrian John Bell April 24, 2010

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10080 Barry,
You're P.I.T.W my friend.
I've tried on these pages to get it across that the population of the U.K. is just under 70 million and still these idiots who fall for this pyramid e-mail
nonsense continue to copy & paste it, expecting to reach 300 million! without checking the figures. Don't they read the comments already posted or is it the same person using different names each time?
It's strange that it is posted word for word exactly the same every time, where the only thing that changes is the name of the commenter.
I'm wondering if it's an attempt to get into the record books by posting the same cr@p many times over.

A Llan April 23, 2010

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My communute to work is by car as I work in the community and use it throughout the day for jobs. Fuel expenses haven't risen therefore I'm financing my job and loosing money. I can't work without a car...

My partner commutes to work and drives for a living and is loosing a large percentage of his income just on increased fuel prices. The way things are going it looks highly likely that if prices continue to rise he will be forced to loose his job it just won't be worth going out on the roads. The stress is getting to much.

Bernie Logue April 23, 2010

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I am sick and tired of petrol prices, my mate told me fuel in America comes like tap water! and cheap!! The cost of living is rising and my Monthly wage doesnt, in fact we have not had a pay rise for over10 years, the last thing we need is to save up to travel to work. Judging by the amount of traffic on the roads, there should not be any type of increases as there is a sufficient amount of fuel purchasers for the Government to make coffers anyway!

Barry April 23, 2010

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10078 Sheila

If you really are so stupid to believe in this chain email nonsense, that has been posted here so many times by other half-wits, then you really shouldn't be allowed to drive a car.

300 million people in the UK? No-one's gonna receive the email more than once,? oil is "as low as it has been for a while"? (it's actually at a high). Just a couple a clues that surely even the dimmest could pick up on to realise what a load of old (been around about 5 years now!) cr*p this is!

Stephen Dallaghan April 23, 2010

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There is no doubt that crude oil did jump, however the relationship between crude and the processed product iepetrol/diesel is tenuous and the speed at which prices go up and lack of speed in going down calls into question the integrety of theoil companies.
If you think at the amazing similarity in prices on the forcourts --price fixing?
The profits of the oil companies are in billions I know that I get huge dividends from my shares----something stinks.
Of course there is the tax issue greedy greedy Chanceller could drop tax by 20p and still rake it in.

Wait till next budget!!!!

Sheila Cherry April 23, 2010

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I received he following email a couple of weeks ago, what do you think of this idea?

"This WILL actually work, if we all act as a group.

The price of oil is as low as it has been for a while, the oil companies have simply jacked their prices up and the government will not do anything as they rake in extra VAT for every increase.

See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it

We are hitting 120.9 a litre in some areas now, and soon we will be faced with paying 1.50 a ltr. Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea:

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the don't buy petrol on a certain day campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.

Please read it and join in!

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market place not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP.

If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Esso and BP petrol buyers. It's really simple to do!!

Now, don't wimp out at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it... .


Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all.(and not buy at ESSO/BP) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt,all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8days!!! Acting together we can make a difference . If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.


It's easy to make this happen. Just join this group and get all your FB friends to join or forward as an email to everyone in your address book, and buy your petrol at Shell, Asda,Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons Jet etc. i.e.. boycott BP and Esso"

Anup Shah April 23, 2010

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since the increase of the fule price nearly every day it become harder and harder.
I now have to stop picking my son club friends as the jurney would involve more miles and more miles mean more money for the government, and for them to spead on what...

It strange that the fule price goes up but your salary still remains the same who do we cope with this?

John Dally April 23, 2010

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Here in Shetland diesel is today 133.9p/l with unleaded 132.9p.
Can anyone top that?


Little opportunity for using public transport.

I agree, make this an election issue.

Howard April 23, 2010

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I believe that the government should step in to control profiteering by the
fuel companies. Even if a high percentage of the increase is justifiable because of the 'dollar pound ratio' and to 'government tax', it is my firm view that the
overall profitability of these major fuel companies would allow them to take
a more benevolent view of petrol prices for the good of the country.

How are these prices affecting me:
On a business level:
1. Stifling the ability to be as competitive on a national scale as we have
been in the past.
2. Business is down by 68% and is barely showing any sign of improvement.
3. Commission I should earn is correspondingly down to near zero.
4. The income tax I pay is way down so even the country is carrying a
5. My ability to spend is hugely curtailed.

On a Personal level:
1. Less spending power.
2. Less happy.
3. Motivation levels dropping.

Martin Goulding April 23, 2010

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The only way we are going to have an effect on the price at the pump is by all of us totally boycotting a particular petrol company like Shell or Esso and using a different supplier.

This loss of trade would gain media interest and fuel (pardon the pun) the numbers of individuals boycotting the targeted company. Putting pressure on the petrol industry in this manner will have a far greater impact than just a blanket protest.

Amar Sharif April 23, 2010

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I have noticed that whenever Tesco offers the 5p off per litre when you spend £50 or more on groceries that, the fuel price is always 2-3p more per litre than other local stations, hence you only receive a 2-3p per litre discount.
I have just stopped shopping at Tesco as its just getting more and more expensive for the same products and the fuel prices are just not justifiable and do not warrant the loyalty they are so eager to acquire.

Jennie April 23, 2010

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I have only been driving in this country for a year, but am already feeling the effects as I have to drive to and from work. I try not to drive anywhere else as I barely earn enough to cover bills without the rising fuel costs. It is ridiculous that so much duty is paid. Few other countries have such levies, and as noted above, their prices reflect crude prices much quicker than here.

Adrian Riley April 23, 2010

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Me & my partner have got to the stage now that we really take note of your fantastic reccomendations on the cheapest petrol in our area. Also we tend not to use the car as much on friday and do more walking. Which is good for a health and well being as well. We are finding though that the petrol is not even lasting a week and that is another reason to do this and I am afraid that if prices get higher than the car will have to be used even less. There will be a line that has to be drawn unless our wages go up accordingly which at the moment is just not happening.
Thanks Adrian 07988 676503

Milos April 23, 2010

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I tried some simplified arithmetics and here are the results :

a) when the crude oil was $185 / barrel at the exchange rate of $2 / £1, i.e. £92.5 / barrel at its height, the pump price of litre of petrol was £1.20. At the assumed tax rate of 70% (approximate), this maps onto 0.71 / litre of the actual cost of petrol.

b) now the crude oil is around $80 / barrel at the exchange rate of $1.5 / £1, i.e. £53.3 / barrel. If the tax has not changed and if all costs for refining, storage, transport etc. remain roughly the same, the litre of petrol should cost £0.41 before tax and £0.69 after tax. Even if the tax has gone up to 80%, the litre of petrol should cost only £ 0.73.

I assumed further that the (growing) costs associated with crude oil, i.e. exploration, drilling, etc. are included in the price of the crude.

Unless I have got something drastically wrong with my figures, I completely fail to see why the petrol should cost £1.20.

Perhaps you could check my figures and let me have your comments. I am not an economist and have only a faint idea of how the prices at the pump are arrived at. But if the above figures are roughly correct, it would appear that someone somewhere is pocketing around 50 pence per litre of petrol sold at the pumps.

Paul April 23, 2010

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Being the chairman of a Taxi association in Leeds I am furious of the recent back door increases in fuel costs.

What we fail to redress in this country is how we are controlled by OPEC. The general public have a voice, but more often than not tend to 'put up and shut up' and just carry on with their lot. More has to be done at local level by lobbying your local MP which we do constantly.

Believe me if you pester your MP enough they do what they say they will because they know they will have you knocking on their door otherwise.

Interestingly is the fact that the protesters previously have mysteriously gone very quiet in recent years since they organised the last lot of disruption in protest of the rising costs.

However, if we take everything in retrospect we must remember some very important issues.

Fuel is only a relative necessity for Hauliers and Public Transport providers as they contribute to the running of the country and its economic movements of goods and people. We cannot forget though the business users who travel the country organising these issues. What we should remember is that fuel in relative terms has infact reduced over the years in direct relativity to other products.

Taking other items into account we can compare:

Milk - a life essential - currently £ 0.98p per litre bought locally (£ 4.46 gal)
Bread - a life essential - currently £ 0.50 per 500 g Tesco equivalent (£ 5.00)
Coffee - non essential - currently £ 1.40 per 500g Tesco equivalent (£ 14.00)

When you compare the additional increases of the above and then relate the price of fuel then you can clearly see that there are relevant issues.

When I was in Sixth form I worked at a local petrol station that had attended service (1988) and the cost of a litre back then was £0.69 (£3.14), so as you can see in relative terms fuel has not increased as much as other essential item we need to survive.

However, that being said we should as a country take the lead and be more proactive at complaining to OPEC and the middle east via our trade agreements with them. Reducing the output of barrels my be a solution for the OPEC committee to increase costs across the world (especially golden britain), but it targets those who need fuel to run their lives day to day.

Perhaps the next government, who ever they maybe, should take this attitude and start relying more on other forms of fuel to help our nation to become less reliant on these greedy oil producing countries.

Rosemary April 23, 2010

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I think that it is terrible, the price of petrol and diesel. Unfortunately we people who are living on old age pensions are finding it very difficult as of course our money does not increase to help pay for it. We need our cars especially when one of us is disabled and unable to walk any distance. The Government are very greedy in putting the taxes up all the time, and of course the petrol companies themselves must be making a tremendous amount of money. I do wish that a new Government might be able to do something about it, but no doubt the Green Party would have something to say if they do!!

Chris A. April 23, 2010

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I am an over 60 year old driver with a free bus pass. Unfortunately you need
a bus to be able to use the pass and my local service is once per hour
during office hours. There is an hourly service after 6 pm and Sundays but
it terminates half way up the hill I live on. I have been known to walk down
to catch the bus into town, but I have COPD and can not walk back up the
hill. In the past I have been forced to stop driving on medical grounds and life
was a night mare so I need my car and I object to the petrol prices!

Penelope April 23, 2010

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I only buy £5 or £10 at a time. I wondered what was wrong with my car as I nearly ran out of petrol a couple of times. I then realised, of course, that the price of the petrol was just going up and up even though price of oil had decreased. Not all of us can use bus, bike or walk. Anyway why should be as there is no instant fix to being environmentally friendly, even after all these years suitable vehicles are not being produced. Restricted time car parks, or pay parks and residents' parking now make it impossible almost to actually take the car out. However I will continue to pay the price of the fuel as the various political parties slag each other off instead of working together to provide solutions. They are the problem, rather than part of the solution. As many have said, they simply cannot afford to use their cars, yet there are few alternatives, even in London when it sometimes takes 3 buses to get 2 miles. Yes we may be able to walk but you try that in the pouring rain. The NHS then pays the price as people stay at home with depression and/or become ill forcing themselves to go that little bit further in unsuitable weather or. No easy answer to this one. The politicians can afford their petrol as we are paying for that too!

David April 23, 2010

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All I can tell you is that we are driving less, using the bus/train more
and reducing/watching our speed on the motorway, so as to squeeze as many
miles from each gallon in the tank. Other than that what can we do? Those in the government's (national or local) chauffeured cars seem to suffer little from the recent relentless petrol price rises. They are not paying for them personally anyway. If the mileage expense claim rate was increased from it current max. of 40p then it would go some of the way to help us in our part-time employment to
be able to be compensated for the petrol increases in the travel we have
to do each month.

Jit Lad April 23, 2010

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This is not right i cut driving to the bare bones even stoped driving to the gym and stopped my gym membership so i job insted. What the world coming to when you have to think twice about going out in you car...! Time for another protest

Richard Leonard April 22, 2010

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I use my car for work teaching people to drive. The cost of fuel is getting to high to make a living. I have to pass the cost on to students and its going to get to a point where they cant afford lessons and I can't afford to run the car.
We will all pay for this in our shopping basket, if fuel goes up to high shops will pass on the costs to us. Have to try alternative fuels or something.

Big Ash April 22, 2010

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Driving a high capicity car really puts a hole in my pocket, why do we in the UK have to pay so much tax when filling up at the pumps?
Why do the americans pay only around 50p per litre and a very small amount of it is tax revenue, no wonder driving 4 by 4's are the norm over there, not mentioning causing harm to the enviroment it must be off the scale!! Come on Gordon, how about looking at it my way for a change!!!!!

Grant Potter April 22, 2010

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Yet again, another leaders debate and no questions on the fuel prices. I am fortunate, driving a Renault Megane 1.5 diesel, £35 per yr to tax, 62-65mpg BUT now nearly £80 to fill up. Every week, due to the distance I travel to work. So, fuel is up, so the price of all goods goes up, but wages don't. We therefore have less money to put towards fuel, but we need to get to work. There seems to be no answer, unless we take action. I am one of the tiny minority who will, to try and bring change, but without major backing what chance have we got? We'll seethe rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the roads get emptier. Time to emigrate I think!

Deb Parson April 22, 2010

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The petrol prices are extreme,so we have to be extreme in our actions, to stop the rising prices-EVERY WEEK! Yes, I also believe the government are to blame and trying to rake back all the money they have lost or given away, including our stocks of gold! This is destroying our small businesses too. In this time of extreme struggle surely the government should be cutting the tax on the petrol. I feel that, as someone eles said, we are moaning but not doing a thing about it.

Ak April 22, 2010

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It's all a damn shame that we have finally arrived where we are.... seems the government is just not prepared to listen to anyone in a car? for them its a bottom less pit of money from which they can bail the country out on...

Russ Thornton April 22, 2010

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Petrol prices are a disgrace. My theory is that we are paying off the debts of the arabs who made the massive losses through their greedy building project that went pear shaped and left them in debt to the tune of billions. It won't take them long to recoup it through 20 or 30p a litre hike, now will it! This has to be the case as the price of oil is so low and there is no other excuse.

Peter April 22, 2010

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Living in Gt. Dunmow I regularly use a car for shopping and almost all of my
journeys are local within a 15mile radius.

We have a situation here in Dunmow where Tesco effectively closed down the only other petrol station in the town a few years ago and now they can charge what they like. Suffice to say that there is normally a 3p/4p difference between the price here and the price in Chelmsford. As Tesco are so fond of saying “every little helps” – yes – them!!

Teresa Keegal April 22, 2010

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As a District Nurse I have no choice but to use my car every day for work to visit pateints. But the mileage charge that I receve has not gone up in 2 years therefore I am seriously out of pocket jsut by doing my job every day.
Its disgusting.

Kevin Nicholls April 22, 2010

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I am a Martial Arts Instructor and I currently drive 25,000 miles a year,I have some quite large clubs and also some smaller ones.
If Diesel hits 150 pence per litre, then I will be forced to close some of the smaller ones and look at putting my prices up at the rest.
This is a very worrying development.
Motoring will soon become so expensive that only the wealthy will be able to afford to drive, (which is exactly what the wealthy want)

Jo Jagger April 22, 2010

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Words cannot express how i feel about petrol prices. But the majority of you on this blog are doing a fab job describing a small % of my anger and frustration.

We need legal and workable ideas on how to get the government and corporate fat cats to stop bending us over their oil barrels everytime we need to fill up.

Boycotting works for a short period of time, but perhaps we should put this question to the leaders of the next election......see what they have to say about it??

Michael Pollock April 22, 2010

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I run a motor factor supplying car spares to garages throughout gloucestershire using 4 diesel powered vehicles & I have noticed the increase in fuel expendature dramatically! & my customers seem to think the parts prices should remain the same. How many small business' in the motortrade will fail due to the cost of fuel & the effects of the scrappage scheme has had on the automotive aftermarket.

Christine Stevenson April 22, 2010

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I have a 2ltr diesel 4x4 which I much need as I drive in a rural farming areas on a daily basis but I am finding that I am spending more time in the filling stations as it is not lasting me two minutes when I fuel up....I feel i am working constantly to fund my car. I will have to sell it and buy a car and trailer or just throw the towel in and find a job nearer to home and do with out a car all most of it is tax, tax tax!

Ray Scotland April 22, 2010

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If you do have to drive a fair distance to do your main weekly supermarket shop.

If you are able to .. do it during 2-4 am at a 24hr supermarket.

The roads are empty .. so less stop start driving .. improved fuel economy.

Don't forget a debit or credit card if you want to fuel your vehicle at the same time, as most supermarkets with a 24hr filling station are self service via card payment at the pump during this period.

Don't forget to check your tyre pressures .. best done when cold.

Every little helps .. although not Tesco fuel prices!

Ian Johnston April 22, 2010

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My fuel traveling costs to work have gone up £80 per year since christmas, As a support worker in education my wage is quite low, this is a very big additional cost and will wipe out any wage rise I may get.

Ian D. Gilbert April 22, 2010

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Demand for fuel is forever climbing, whilst resources are declining, so in effect will push fuel prices ever higher.
It will be a sad world (not in my life-time) that these natural fossil fuel resources will no longer be available.
All users of fossil fuels hold the responsibility for their planet to live as long as possible, both now and for future generations.
Moaning about the cost of fuel appears to overide the main issue, that we are killing the planet, rapidly using irreplaceable fossil fuels, and doing very little to improve this situation.

Mosie April 21, 2010

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Love the blog and love the sentiment but lets be honest, since thatcher broke the unions between 1979 and 81 protests and protesters have failed, Why, because the spirit of a united front was broken.

Today anyone who protests gets 100% negative press by every single media mogule and his band of merry lackies. Just look at the press in the UK at the moment, desperate for a hung parliament, Why? So they can take up page after page of endless commentary for months. Massive sales.

These are the same people who pretend to support us on our petrol price price campaigns. Well forget it, they don't. They don't care either and never will.

Anyway, until the action is united we can complain and moan and complain again but nothing will happen. Ever.

Whichever way you look at it, we are screwed. And will be screwed over an oil barrel.

Any organisation who can drive up the prices of petrol whilst the price of oil is 1/3 of what it was previously then you know they are in total control. An organisation who can changes the price of its product based on its perceived risks that it sets in place, is in control.

Bronwen Warner April 21, 2010

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I live in the country, one bus a week, I work, self employed, irregular hours have to drive to where ever. Out here you're lucky to get anything in the way of work. Fuel is £1.22, we don't go out, have holidays or treats. We do live in a nice place so that's ok, but driving is a necessity, the more fuel goes up the cheaper we must eat and the less we heat our home. I'm for a fuel protest but a whacking great big demonstration of the real anger of ordinary Brits at a government we've bankrolled to mismanage our economy and make life harder than ever.

Cedric Lamb April 21, 2010

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We travel 320 mile round trips to vist our family so we have replaced a 2.0 litre petrol with a 2.0 litre diesel and raised the mpg from 36 to 55 on the motorway journeys, but our monthly spend on fuel is heading back to what we paid before. We are planning our journeys more carefully.

Martin Harrison April 21, 2010

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I try and not buy at the bigger petrol stations, I use the super markets as much as possible, I use petrol to see which is the cheaper petrol in my area and the area where I am working. I am self employed and every penny counts now with coming out of this bad reccession. It is very typical of our off Britian, if we dont do anything about it then we will coninue to pay, I supported the waggon drivers when they had the go slow, but what happened, the police and goverment made it diffuclt for them to protest by driving slow on the motorway. Power to the drivers that is what I say. If customers dont buy at the bigger stations they might drop there prices. What I see ever week is a Asda petrol wagon getting fuel from a BP Station, doesnt make sence to me.

Neil Grindrod April 21, 2010

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No matter what we add to these blogs it is not going to change whichever group of politicians are in charge's decision about fuel prices , The government cannot afford to lose the extremely large amount of tax that the goverment makes per litre of fuel sold . Although if one of the leaders of any political party states they will cut fuel prices they will get votes. However at this moment in time the re-patrisation of passengers back to the UK is a priority, Unfortunately the fuel price war will get brushed under the carpet ...........How convienient

S Melbreak April 21, 2010

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Living in rural Devon on a fixed income the petrol prices have an enormous impact on our quality of life. There is no public transport within a mile of our house, and even then only a sketchy once or twice a day service which takes hours to get anywhere with a final return service too early to be of any practical use. Therefore the car is the only means of travel. We have already restricted essential shopping to once a week with a once a month store cupboard shop. Social activities, club meetings etc have been severely curtailed and even visits to relatives are rationed. Petrol prices this high (£1.27 at our nearest garage) are beginning to make us feel like prisoners in our own home.

David Wells April 21, 2010

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I note the cynicism in the above written comments and not without reason! No protest, nt action whatever will counteract this appalling rise. No party whom we elect is going to reduce the huge amount we pay in tax on pterol/diesel, so what can we do? Folk like us who live in rural areas have no optioln than to use our cars as the bus/train service is just a joke. Folk in London do not use their cars because the bus/train service is excellent. The Government has done nothing to improve public transport service levels. Until they do we shall continue to use our cars because there is no alternative.

Beverly Anderson April 21, 2010

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The increase in petrol prices is having a huge impact on me. In the past governments have used the green issue as a reason for putting so much tax on petrol but this needs to be re thought I beleive 60% of the price is tax this not acceptable. I travel into north london for my job. I am a diabetes specialist nurse for children. There isn't easy public transport available, by tain about 2hours with change bus even longer. But even if I could do this I need my car when I get there to visit children at home or school and to educate people who have contact with my patients ( schools, nurseries, clubs etc).

Nigel R Hopper April 21, 2010

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Why not have another fuel strike, but this time people just not buying any fuel at all!!
Why on earth do we have to pay VAT on top of purchase tax?
I have tried to get an answer for this question but so far have only received a very unsatisfactory reply.

Km April 21, 2010

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I have already down sized to a more eco-friendly, lower engine sized car in order to save on the number of miles to the gallon which now seems to be a total waste of time seeing as the price of petrol has hit an all time high. I am no longer saving on the fuel I was hoping to do.

I have tried leaving the car at home and walking half the distane to work and then using public transport for the other half and the same coming home. This is not really practical and just as expensive as using the car with the additional travelling time each way.

What are we to do???!!!!

Michael Mitchell April 21, 2010

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What you didnt see was the removal of subsidies on "bio-Diesel" blends.

This in fact hike prices an extra 1pence on top of the 1p duty. So in effect the rise on fuel on April 6th was 2 ppl.

Lorraine April 21, 2010

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Fuel prices are very unreasonable and we should not accept it. However, it is very difficult to do anything about it since virtually everything in this country is now owned by a foreign company who seem hell bent on taking the UK for mugs and charging and doing exactly as they please!

Its about time we came out of the EU and started working for ourselves again, making our own decisions and doing the best for this country and its people.

Heather Thomson April 21, 2010

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The price of fuel is ridiculous!!! How on earth are we expected to keep up with the rises not to mention everything else that is going up in price! Do the MP's forget that we don't all earn £50k plus per annum??? Sort it out before the country comes to a stand still!

Jim Smith April 21, 2010

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After listening closely to our !*^"** prime minister during the last week or so I am now convinced that he has no intention of giving motorists or workers an even break. All he is interested in is looking after the benefit society, who he is convinced will all vote for him, and his theory is that the benefit scroungers will outvote the genuine people in this country.

It's really a terrifying thought that if his plan succeeds, and he gets in again, the screw will realy turn on the workers and motorists who are providing the money for him to corrupt our democratic process.

If you are a working person, or someone who needs to use a car or wagon, PLEASE!!!!! do not vote for Gordon Brown, but use your vote tactically to get rid of all Labour MPs. As for Mr Clegg, DO NOT BE FOOLED, he will hammer motorists with tax, using his green agenda as an excuse.

Conclusion, BROWN OUT, NO CLEGG IN, give Cameron a chance.

Mike Halls April 21, 2010

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The maths doesn't add up. Crude prices are still roughly half of their high 2 years ago, so the pound slipping against the dollar by 25% MUST point to a complacent and complicit government and greedy oil companies.

Colin Lambert April 21, 2010

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I worked for Shell U.K. for 21 years between 1970-1992 on the Retail fuels
and lubricants markets latterly as a Sales development manager.

I have not read all the comments on your web site, but often I get 'round
robins' saying that we should all stop buying from the majors until the
rice drops to 87ppl or whatever. The trouble is that these people, though
well intentioned, are not in possession of the main fact and that is of
course, as you are well aware, that it is that robbing highwayman Brown and
his cronies who are applying tax at a higher level than the 87ppl and the so
called 'Greedy Oil Companies' not only have to find it, get it out of the
ground, refine it, transport it, market it. Pay staff and office costs to
actually run the business and that the profit to the Oil Company is only
about 5ppl from which all the above expenses have to come. (apart from BP
who are simply greedy b*****s!) The retailer usually only gets about 2ppl
and in some cases uses fuel a as a loss leader and only makes his profits
from other sales from his forecourt shop.

If only the robbing sods in Westminster would stop wasting billions of
pounds a year on an illegal, non winnable war. Then and only then might we
mange to get a drop in fuel prices.

U-oh there goes another one! (Flying Pig- that is!)

>I suppose in reality whilst the country remains in the financial mire in
hich we find ourselves we have no chance.

BUT keep up the good work.

Rafiq Kham April 21, 2010

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We have to PROTEST to the oil company as well as the GOVERNMENT against petrol price and the Heave TAX we all have to pay in UK. Its totally unfair to private and company owned drivers. I can foresee the petrol pricfe rising to £1.50 by October 2010

Paul Landau April 21, 2010

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Dear reader,
>Being the chairman of a Taxi association in Leeds I am furious of the recent
>back door increases in fuel costs.
>What we fail to redress in this country is how we are controlled by OPEC. The
>general public have a voice, but more often than not tend to 'put up and shut
>up' and just carry on with their lot. More has to be done at local level by
>lobbying your local MP which we do constantly.
>Believe me if you pester your MP enough they do what they say they will because
>they know they will have you knocking on their door otherwise.
>Interestingly is the fact that the protestors previously have mysteriously gone
>very quiet in recent years since they organised the last lot of disruption in
>protest of the rising costs.
>However, if we take everything in retrospect we must remember some very
>important issues.
>Fuel is only a relative necessity for Hauliers and Public Transport providers as
>they contribute to the running of the country and its economic movements of
>goods and people. We cannot forget though the business users who travel the
>country organising these issues. What we should remember is that fuel in
>relative terms has infact reduced over the years in direct relativity to other
>Taking other items into account we can compare:
>Milk - a life essential - currently £ 0.98p per litre bought locally (£ 4.46
>Bread - a life essential - currently £ 0.50 per 500 g Tesco equivalent (£ 5.00)
>Coffee - non essential - currently £ 1.40 per 500g Tesco equivalent (£ 14.00)
>When you compare the additional increases of the above and then relate the price
>of fuel then you can clearly see that there are relevant issues.
>When I was in Sixth form I worked at a local petrol station that had attended
>service (1988) and the cost of a litre back then was £0.69 (£3.14), so as you
>can see in relative terms fuel has not increased as much as other essential item
>we need to survive.
>However, that being said we should as a country take the lead and be more
>proactive at complaining to OPEC and the middle east via our trade agreements
>with them. Reducing the output of barrells my be a solution for the OPEC
>committee to increase costs across the world (especially golden britain), but it
>targets those who need fuel to run their lives day to day.
>Perhaps the next government, who ever they maybe, should take this attitutude
>and start relying more on other forms of fuel to help our nation to become less
>reliant on these greedy oil producing countries.
>Regards to all Paul Landau
>Uniteleeds Associatin Chairman

Anthony Turton April 21, 2010

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I've just worked out petrol is £5.50 a gallon. Diesel is £5.55 a gallon. And the condition of the roads are terrible. My car has an 18 gallon tank = £99.90 of diesel....

The amount of tax
Per ltr=£0.75
per Gallon = £3.42
and if I filled up with 18 Gallons = £61.56 Highway robbery

Dan April 21, 2010

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I wish more people would take to the streets and protest instead of doing nothing about it and just complaining.


Grant Potter April 20, 2010

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DOES ANYONE GIVE A T*SS ABOUT THIS ISSUE OR ARE YOU ALL A BUNCH OF WHINGEING SPINELESS HYPOCRITES??? The ONLY way anyone will listen is if we protest. I for one will be joining the SADI protest in Sunderland on 30th April to bring that particular city centre to a halt. Will any of you do domething similar, or will you all carry on whingeing on here and doing NOTHING about it? This is the prime time to kick this government where it hurts, but ive a feeling the Sunderland protest will be the only one which will happen, and by summer £1.50 per litre will be commonplace. IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, YOU MAY AS WELL NOT POST A COMMENT!

Alan Wilson April 20, 2010

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Being a pensioner I have to be more careful with my money these days. I used to fill up my car regularly, but this would now cost me about £70 if the tank was low. I now run it with less that a half a tank of diesel most of the time, unless I'm going on a long trip. I also try to avoid longer trips as much as possible and use the phone , rather than visit my family as much as I used to.

Janet Baker April 20, 2010

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As a self employed decorator my car is vital for my work. I have a bicycle but carrying the ladders on it are tantamount to jousting. We're a keen cycling family, and I'm infact the only one who can drive so all journeys in the car are car are kept to a minimum. The school run is done on bikes and I cycle back home to then go off to work. My boyfriend cycles to work. We live in south London so are relitavely spoilt for public transport which we use as much as possible. All this is done not just to keep the costs to a minimum but we'd rather use the car as little as possible. But despite all the 'necessary journeys only' approach I am really feeling the pinch. The constant sneaking up of the prices, announcement of increases that happen 2 hours later, the inconsistancies withing a 5 garage radius... is it just me or would no other retailing system be permitted to behave in such a way.

Steve Carter April 20, 2010

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One blogger mentioned that we have our own oil in the north sea. As I recall, Thatcher and her cronies sold it to (I believe) the Dutch and Norwegians to buy their way out of debt. Another contributor stated that the current government have bankrupted the country. The general - and over simplified - view seems to be that certain areas of the banking community being involved in rash, misguided, uninformed, incompetent and borderline illegal activities caused the majority of the current crisis. I can't imagine many, if any, of these types being Labour voters! Whilst it may seem that I am obviously a supporter of the Labour party, I must state that I most emphatically am not. I believe that Brown's biggest mistake was in trusting the financial sector to act in a trustworthy manner, rather than in the 'greed is good' way left over from the 80's/90's. I despair of this country's economic survival if the clown Cameron and his prospective chancellor Osbourne - the most inexperienced candidate for the job I've ever seen - are given a chance to mess things up. I would like to see them come last, as happened in Scotland.
Could someone please explain why pump prices in our area do not vary, even by a penny. Far be it from me to suggest collusion on the part of the oil companies. Heaven forbid that the thought should even cross anyone's mind.
Exchange rate? Apart from greed and profit, why have everything made in China? Now that country has the ability to outbid the rest of the world for any raw material, therefore we have to compete on an uneven playing field (just like us in colonial days). If everything is made in China and call centres are in India, who is left here with a job to buy all this cheap stuff? Oh yes, hedge fund managers, futures speculators and other parasites who have their cash stashed away offshore.
Since 1991, my hourly rate has increase by 32 percent. This compares with an increase of 156 percent in petrol (i.e. over 2-1/2 times). Fed up with trying to do my bit to keep prices down whilst others stuff themselves silly at the expense of ordinary folk. Time to emigrate if the Tories win.

Brett Collins April 20, 2010

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Once again Petrol is on the increase; I think that it is so unfair to tax it and then add VAT on to it.
I reckon VAT should be lowered on Fuel.
I can't drive any less and feel that I am just working to fill my tank and tax my they want me to go on benefits as I fear I may have too if I can not afford to get to work.

Rita Houghton April 20, 2010

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John Rogan April 20, 2010

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don't understand why people haven't reacted as last time with blockades etc. even though it caused problems for all of us it did have an effect, for a while eh!

Alex Murphy April 20, 2010

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I think we need to put pressure on all politicians, local and Westminister; almost forgorgot what are our European Fatcat MP's doing, they should be petitioning Europe to set maximum tariffs for fuel to prevent fuel poverty and oil companies profiteering. I am looking to downsize my car; stay in Britain for my holiday (will we be able to buy fuel??) and not see as much of my family as I would like. this will have a negative effect on place such as motel/lodges as we will not be staying overnight or purchasing from their restaurants/Little Chefs.
Problem with Politicians they get money for nothing and then get free travel and fat pensions.

Joanne Davis April 20, 2010

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I am disgusted with the fuel prices, when they went over a £1 a litre last time we were all fobbed off with the same old excuse that that the electricity and gas companies use "we buy in advance so we can't pass on price cuts instantly". I seem to recall not that long ago that barrels of oil had dropped in price so the question we should be asking is when will we see the reduction? As per usual never because the government just pocket the tax. If we have a government who is going to force us into the EU then we should force the government to bring the tax we pay on fuel in line with the EU - that would bring fuel prices way down and certainly more affordable for the british taxpayer.

James Low April 20, 2010

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Sue Ives April 20, 2010

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There are 4 petrol stations within a 5 min drive from my house and prices range from 119.9 to 124.9, how can this be right and fair?

Tony Colton April 20, 2010

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My commute has almost doubled in cost over the last year and it is almost pricing me out of seeing my Daughter and making it difficult to make ends meet else where.
But as usual we just take it lying down second time around.
When the price of petrol jumps up, we have strike and protest until it goes down. Then we watch it rise almost daily until it is well in excess of what we protested about and do nothing.
A very clever government/supplier ploy or just plain 'Britishness'

Richard Kay April 20, 2010

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Pure profiteering - I'm surprised anyone is surprised!

The cabinet minister responsible stated that his government, (the incumbent bunch of liars), would prosecute any company caught acting in this way - of course they will!!

No one should be surprised that absolutely nothing has or will happen!!!

As to protesting, the majority of the population, (unlike the French for example), are too apathetic and lazy to protest - yet very quick to complain and say that 'someone' should 'do something'; as long as it's not them as they'd need to get their fat butts off the sofa!!!!

So is anyone at all surprised that as a result of the 'great British reserve' (aka pure laziness), governments, councils, politicians, bureaucrats and businesses treat us with such scant disregard!!!!!

If we can conquer apathy we have a force that can force change - at all levels. Problem is only a few can be bothered and of those, many lose interest because know one listens to just a few!!!!!!

Gav April 20, 2010

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A protest now would have a major effect!! on politics and the UK. Air craft grounded, ships and trains full trying to move on the ground is essential.
If we were to protest now everyone would be effected, this may anger the UK population rather than encourage them to be involved. We need the UK's support, we need everyone on our side! we need to spread the word and our concerns and make the difference in our own lives and in our own homes before we can infuence those around us. "Do as I say not as I do" is not an opption!!! we need to be seen doing right before others will be infulenced into action. As others have mentioned in the comments "STOP" buying fuel, "BIKE" where you can, "ENCOURAGE" neighbours, friends and family to do the same. "SPREAD" the message. Our country needs to listen, lets sing the same song and the country WILL hear us!!

Andy Hothersall April 20, 2010

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I dont think any amount of protests from the minority will help really, not whilst there are still so many people that will just roll over and pay it.

I decided enough was enough, so I learned how to make biodiesel, took my 3L V6 petrol off the road & we just use my g/f (bio)diesel pickup truck for both of us. Sure it means we have to set off earlier in the morning as we are sharing, but I now get my waste oil for free, it costs me 15p/L to make it & the pickup actually runs better & gives us more mpg than on dinodiesel.

Currently it costs me about 1 to 2hrs of my time & less than a tenner to fill up, which gets me about 350miles. Its completely tax free until I make over 2500L (which obviously I dont !) and good for the environment since im recycling what would have been thrown away & my truck is now almost carbon neutral!

I now actually smile when the prices rise, as it makes what im doing even more worth while.

Brian Crawford April 20, 2010

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Biggest problem is the tax, every increase in petrol price adds to every bill you pay more on food etc all things that are moved around the country so it all helps to drive up inflation and our costs to get to work, shopping school runs etc. On top of this is VAT ( Value added tax) If this was just added at the suppliers selling price that is where it should go but NO this is added AFTER the gov usual taxes So we are all paying VAT ON TAX this is wrong and is not an added value since when is anywhere else made to pay vat on a tax... what would you say if they starte to add vat to your income tax, car tax, etc yet we just let it go !!! it adds millionsto our countries costs.

Ridz April 20, 2010

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Let the MP's pay for their own fuel as do so many other people who drive to work themselves and folk out with their own money and then we'll see what they say... They get so many perks out of working for the government that they don't know what the normal person has to go through now. For them to let first take advantage of us with congestion charge (which really isn't congestion charge if electrics etc get in free making it an emissions charge) but then to also increase public transport to ridiculous amounts and fuel just angers me! Who is going to spend money on a 30minute bus journey when you can pay less through fuel on your car to get there far quicker... It might save the earth, but why are we paying to save the earth... surely we should be rewarded instead. Just like when it used to be just 70p about 5-6years ago? 40p for kids isn't bad at all. I'd rather the kids pay 40p and adults pay their share than adults secretly being made to pay for them and for a free fare for a kid with a free oyster on a bus. It seems as thought the government is being very dishonest and unfair to how they treat their own people. Help us help our economy, we are Britain!

Paul Beety April 20, 2010

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here it is £1.21 and seams to rise nearly every month
in our house hold we spend over £180 a week as both need our cars for work
its money that we could do with out having to spend and the constant price increase makes it hard to buget for it
petrol keeps going up and they want to lower our wages so you can never win
my other halfs company dont even cover her costs of geting to work they pay her 12p mile and its costing 20p per mile
something needs to be done

Martin Jeffery April 20, 2010

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Yes I am going out less at weekends for leisure purposes as the fuel cost is so high. Last year petrol prices varied between garages in a 30 mile radius of me by up to 4p a litre now it is the same everywhere. The Petrol companies and garages are making profit and exploiting us and the chancellor is raking in more and more as prices rise.

Pete Rogers April 19, 2010

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For me the rising price of fuel has made it even more important to drive as efficiently as possible, sticking to 60-65 on motorways - fuel costs amount to a huge chunk of my expenditure per month and virtually all this is so I can get to work. There is a big part of me that wonders why there hasn't been a bigger uproar about the constant rise.

Linda Matthews April 19, 2010

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We are really struggling to pay for our petrol we live in a rural area with no buses or other forms of public transport to rely on we have to use our car and we find we are having to go out less and less because we cant afford the prices as they are now never mind when they go up again.Ok we have chosen to live where we do but we havent chosen to be ripped off at the pumps...........

Margaret Prickett April 19, 2010

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I work for a charity in a rural area. My job's 18 miles away from home and my employers specify a 6-hour day, so I have to spread my 24 hours over four days (not my choice).

I've already chosen the most efficient car I can afford, cut my driving speed, combine journeys, and wait for my children whilst they do activities instead of dropping off and returning to collect them. I need my car because it's an essential part of my work (no car, no job), and I've been looking for work closer to home for some time.

Fuel costs are already taking up more and more of what is a relatively small income. There is nothing more I could do to reduce my mileage or cut costs, and there are many others who have been more disadvantaged by the cost of fuel than I have.

Amar Sharif April 19, 2010

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I am the director of a charity that deals with people with disabilities.
I have found and experienced myself, the recent petrol price rise has had a dramatic affect on disabled drivers and their families. Unfortunately, for those with mobility issues, their only access to a true state of independence is their cars, the ability to go out to attend appointments, do their shopping, live a normal life and this is all being threatened.

It's not always possible to change the form of transport i.e. cycling, buses, trains or even just walking to the local destination. We have to cut back on essentials such as food, heating, electricity just to keep the costs down and be able to fill the bellies of our cars.

I think it’s about time the British public took a stand for fairer prices; it is ridiculous that over 80p in every litre goes to the government in tax. Why are motorist being used as cash cows? We are overcharged in tax in every part of our lives, and we all just shrug it off and have this belief that tax can only increase, when we need to start questioning why are we being charged all this money and where is it being spent. It's about time, like the expenses scandal, we start forcing the government to stop wasting our tax money, and start getting the public value for money.

Gem Gem April 19, 2010

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Nobody (yet?) has mentioned the bizzare 45p per mile Revenue and Customs tax free limit.

Years ago (say 10+) you were entitled to receive about 40p per mile from your employer before you paid tax. The cost then was maybe 50p per litre.

Nowadays, if you receive reimbursement over 45p per mile you pay tax!

Four years ago I did a company journey and demanded I have a hire care (for a work journey) and simply claim receipted costs. Because travelling the 400 miles costed £70 in fuel and £120 in depreciation/wear n tear, oil, tyres, but the mileage allowance at 40p meant I recovered just £160.

Mrs Pauline Fisher April 19, 2010

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Both my husband & I are retired, get a limited income. Our only pleasures are visiting family, shopping, and local activity. YES. I really feel that the price of petrol is out of control and is hitting all those that HAVE to use their cars regardless of their needs. I don't think the Government realise, OR are conscience, OR want to be told as they are not in our position, they are simple not concerned about the public.

Alex April 19, 2010

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I've down sized due to unemployment which meant loosing my car. Now using a low powered (125cc) motorcycle, I find my fuel cost has increased! Public transport is not an option for me and like most people the cost of traveling to work not sustainable. When will motorist be supported during this crisis? How can we influence government support? Have they increased the fuel allowance for company business???

David Burrow April 19, 2010

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I live in rural north devon, nearest tesco 12 miles away, I'm a pensioner,
can't afford not have a car, can't afford to run one. No public transport at all. WE NEED HELP.

Mary Hallows April 19, 2010

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I am a pensioner on a limited income, although my husband is still working, money is tight and the increase in petrol is affecting my car usage. over the last 2/3 months it can cost me £60plus in fuel,even with your help. The furthest we go normally is shopping locally and visiting family.
We expect to pay more at holiday time but what it will cost this year idread too think.

David Parkinson April 19, 2010

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Nothing new to add. Just need to add my support to everyone. Agree that continentals would have hit the streets a long time ago in protest. Need my car for work as public transport is rubbish where I live and would involve many changes of bus or train.

M Beaumont April 19, 2010

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They are taking us for mugs. I am sick of taking it from this spend-a-holick Government.

Anyone can spend money. That is what Labour have been doing since 1997. spening tax payers money. They have no care as to how hard it is to earn the money that they so easily spend.

That last budget, who thought it was a good idea to increase fuel duty. For crying out loud. I am sick and tired of being ripped off.

Lets block the refinaries.

Angry of South East London

Norman Walker April 19, 2010

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We don't know who to blame the Fuel companies, OPEC or good old HMG - I would imagine good old HMG they are usually to blame not paying for houses which WE own through their expenses etc.

& other cons

Steve Maylor April 19, 2010

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As posted at the top of the page,it's time for another protest (not just HGV'S) but everybody.The government will keep squeezing the tax revenue from fuel to the point where it will smash our economy as they are desperate.So with an election looming the opportunity to make an impact is there.The only problem with the comment 11 from Ron about not purchasing fuel for a day is the multi-billion profit making oil companies won't feel it or care as they know we will purchase more the following day.It makes me sick that the government tax fuel as though it were a luxury and not a necessity !!!

Mick Caddoo April 19, 2010

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With ref to writer of 9994.......I agree what a total PRAT you really are!!!

Mick Caddoo April 19, 2010

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I have to use my car, not only to get into work early in the morning from the country, but also because I use it for my job. Each morning as I drive into work I watch the petrol station price boards with dread wondering if they've increased again. One thing for sure is I have without doubt, moderated my driving habits and cut out unnecessary trips. Well done Chancellor!

Lyndon Wall April 19, 2010

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the price of diesel seems to rise every week, as i have to travel 40 miles every day round journey to work it is so expensive now.I reckon its about time for another blockage protest

Phil Turner April 19, 2010

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What a total pratt the guy below really is i take it your not a driver who has to fork out all this extra money every week to have the pleasure of going to work and pay yet more tax on tax. Pillock

Ann Irving April 19, 2010

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Two main points:

(A) There are several ways to tackle rising fuel prices:
1. Drive more slowly and more gently as this has a huge impact on fuel use
2. Drive less - combine journeys with other tasks - try to make round trips rather than nipping out [I live in a rural area too]
3. Seriously consider the relationship between work and home locations - it became easy to commute very long distances in the past 100 years but perhaps this needs to be challenged by many commuters [it's how we used to live and how one had to live with some employers - one of mine insisted we lived within 15 miles. This reduced the absences in bad weather etc.]
(B) Please remember that taxes pay for many essential services in our society over our lifetimes ... and oil profits contribute to some pension funds. We need both - preferably in moderation. In my first job after school in 1960 the PAYE tax rate was 33 per cent. Now it is staggered, and fairer. Buzz phrases like "stealth" taxes is unhelpful because those taxes affect only some of us, and only some of the time. Consider what we get back e.g. 25 per cent goes to a charity when you Gift Aid a donation; care of the elderly in my area is supported by local taxes so they don't pay what it actually costs. And if you are ill or break a limb you go to any A&E to get mended. Friends abroad don't all have this. To have a society we have to have taxes. The no. of people stuck on holiday over Easter suggests a good level of disposable income. Reducing fuel use is not hard and will help our planet. We are much better off than we used to be - more holidays, better health, more disposable income, more expensive cars, more clothes [I had to make all mine as a teen/twentysomething], more booze [much more affordable] and better homes with lots of things in them. Retailers have done well out of us - because we could afford to let them.

Ritchie Kinloch April 19, 2010

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on a recent visit to Fuerteventura, i was surprised to find unleaded to be equivalent to 77p/litre and diesel 65p/litre so filling up was a joy, now i'm back home i have swapped my 20mpg 4litre v8 bmw for a somewhat less thirsty 1.3 ford ka 40mpg! Why is diesel cheaper that petrol in other countries?

Stacey April 19, 2010

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The petrol prices are a joke, Our wages dont rise continuously so how are we supposed to afford the petrol to get there. Public transport is'nt cheap so what we supposed to do.

Eric Chamberlain April 19, 2010

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I am rietired now and use my bus pass to maximum. Park & ride to the outskirts of Nottingham. Free parking, free bus to town AND everybody (any age and staff) get free bus to both the main hospitals.
However I have friends and family spread around UK and still do 12 to 16000 mile a year. The duty is the main cripler, has the 2p duty come off that was put on when VAT was reduced to 15%. I understand that it did not come off. Can anybody confirm one way or the other. I suspect knowing our political masters its still on.

Ally Moir April 19, 2010

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I presume richard t, comment no 6813 is either a pensioner (with a free bus pass of course) or lives next to his work, doesn't have to commute, or is on an extremely high salary. he sounds very bitter.years ago most folk worked in the town they lived in this is not always possible now, still there is always the dole??? prob be better off than working for a low wage like we are now. Our car was off the road for a few days for a repair. my husband who uses it for work everyday had to use public transport, he had to leave the house 90 mins earlier, had to get train then a subway then a 20 min walk, oh and it cost £8.00 a day for fares. car takes him 20 mins. he couldnt do overtime as no trains to etc to where the overtime was on offer. if we have to get rid of the car he will have to change jobs(not a lot of them about)

Brenda Pryor April 19, 2010

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I drive a deisel car which is dearer that petrol but that is my choice. I would like to know how I can pass a garage in the morning it is one price, than on the way home it has gone up 2p then next morning it's down 1p. I thought they had been advised what the price increase would be not just add what they think.

Tony April 19, 2010

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I heard Labour Minister Lord Adonis on Radio 5 Live saying the high price of petrol is largely linked to the current high price of crude oil. He ignored the fact that most of the cost (60%+ ?) of a litre of petrol is duty and VAT, so in reality, it's only partly down to the price of the crude stuff. Taxing those who run cars, drink beer and smoke has always been a way for governments to raise taxes, and if you don't run a car, smoke or drink alcohol, the argument is some of these taxes are avoidable.

However, high petrol costs are adding to cost of transporting staff, raw materials, food and goods around the country, so this is fuelling (no pun intended) inflation, so everyone suffers it indirectly as well.

My personal circumstances are that I don't drive enough miles to get sufficiently angry to protest, eg take direct action, such as taking time off to blockade the nearest refinery. I'll drive less and spend less on other things. However, I do think the time is approaching when we could see a return to direct action and mass protests.

The problem with persuading someone to go in front of camera (at the moment) to make these perfectly valid points is that they'll be lost in the avalanche of party spin and 'focusing on the really important' issues facing the country...

Now is not the time for such protests...

Jon Bate April 19, 2010

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If this were France then the roads, railways and ports would be blockaded by now. We in the UK on the other hand lie down and take it. Time to stop this inaction.

Victor Charlesworth April 19, 2010

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I've also just remembered that all these green type do gooders, also want us to slow down, is it not proved that the slower you go, the more fuel you use, therefore more fuel is needed (something they say is running out), through the use of more fuel means more CO2's, yet they also want us to get out of our cars???? I live in a village in the country and am disabled therefore how else am I managed to get out and about? Especially when there are only four buses a day, and it's difficult enough to also get to the bus stop let alone get any shopping home. Maybe I should go and get myself a Horse and cart????

Victor Charlesworth April 19, 2010

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Also as with Matthew's comment I also wonder sometimes why these major supermarkets forecourts are always different at each branch, and Tesco's can be the worst, does anybody know why this is? they can have all their food the same prices, yet they cannot have all their forecourts the same, this to me smacks of profiteering from those that are already being ripped off locally by the BP's and Shell's of this country where there is no further competition. I see it all the time, all over the southeast and it gets right on my pip.

Election Media April 19, 2010

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Anyone also noticed how the number of speed humps, traffic lights and islands have been engineered to raise fuel usage.

Proof the environment was just an excuse!

Election Media April 19, 2010

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It highlights the problems of immigration and runaway prices of housing and fuel. The more views and subscriptions I receive the more impossible it will be for the MPs using youtube to ignore the issues it highlights.

Victor Charlesworth April 19, 2010

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I agree and think that it is time for another strike, however we should also strike at the garages themselves by boycotting them for a day or more, that will hit not only the fuel suppliers, but the garage owners to stop them being greedy and then finally the government, which should make them see it's serious. I wouldn't mind I went to Florida just before Christmas and they are moaning about their fuel prices when they are still only paying between £1.60 and £2.50 a gallon (that's 4.25 litres per gallon). I believe that our government don't want to do anything because they see it as easy money going in their coiffures and it keeps them on the good side of the green do gooders. yet all we here all those that can do something say is spin and drivel and it's beyond me why we put up with it all, all the time.

Matthew Mulvenna April 19, 2010

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every time i look at the petrol prices at tesco near where i live the price
has gone up the last time i looked it went up by 3p. The goverment is
supposed to look out for the intrest of the pople not their own intrest we
need a goverment who will consider the people first and not their own
party first and remove some of the tax on petrol

Keith Joyce April 19, 2010

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I ride a motorcycle and I find that prices are getting beyond a joke. I use my Bike to commute from Slough to South-east London every weekday and now I 've had to fill in "Can't pay forms" at petrol stations towards the end of the month.
I test rode a BMW motorcycle 3 years back which offered 60 mpg. I did not like the handle bar width so I bought a Honda instead (45 mpg). If I knew petrol prices were going to go through the roof I'd have stuck with the Beemer (and to hell with car driver mirrors).
The majority of the price is made up of UK government taxes - a bunch of crooks who are hell bent on exploiting the public.

Ian Beedham April 19, 2010

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about time we made this an election issue were arev been ripped of by this government its outragious that tax is over 70p were paying for people not smoking and 2 wars thats the real reason petrol is £1.20

L Batsford April 19, 2010

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Think about it, ROVER,LDV,GOOD YEAR,HP SAUCE,CADBURYS,METRO CAMEL,M&B,LONDON TAXI, All gone, therefore do you think for one minute that this government, would do anything to change their policy on petrol taxes, they want to fill the Brown hole and we the motorist is first in line to pay. the PM has admitted that should they get in again the VAT is going up (another good earner) I am a pensioner, my wife is disabled,, I couldnt get her wheel chair in the back of the one that I had, so I bought a bigger car with a smaller engine.I am using less petrol, but with the rise in price I am still spending more weekly. We depend on the car to get to the shops, we dont use the car for jollies any more, maybe if we have a new party in power on may 6th we wont be any better off, but at least we wont have Brown and Darling taking us for mugs

Bill Wright April 19, 2010

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I agree with what many others have said. We all need to do something about this as we are just being taken for a ride by both the Government and the Oil companies.

Like many I cringe every time i have to put petrol in the car. I used to fill the tank but not any more and I don't travel about so much any more which must have a knock on effect on other businesses as I am not spending money with them.

I would be happy to take direct action if this would make Government and the Oil companies sit up and listen that we have all had enough of their greed.

Wilfred Lines April 19, 2010

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I was going to say "Give your MP some earache". However with the dissolving of Parliament that seems to be a missed option.
What I find irritating is that 27% of the price of food is due to fuel charges in the transportation thereof. In effect, if duty and vat on the fuel is 60% (guess) then food is taxed at 17%. Tell that to the struggling housewife who has seen the price of food rocket up this year! 90p for a turnip in Tesco, it used to be cattle fodder!!
However it does fund benefits...Married couple, one earner, two children, wage £20,000....TAX CREDIT £4,657....drivers are paying

Lewis Brown April 19, 2010

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The cost of fuel is now a massive concern of mine. When I bought my car a couple of years ago it cost around £60 to fill the tank, its now over £70...! I can't see how, even at current prices, this can be sustainable.

I'm 27 and have a decent job, however given the state of the countries finances (which frankly, are an appalling mess!!!) I, like most, am now effectively worse off than a few years ago. With a mortgage and other bills I'm starting to think my pocket won't be able to stand the cost to keep motoring. When that happens, I'm stuck!!!

With the amount of support there seems to be out there and the apparent motivation to voice our disgust at fuel prices why is nothing being done??? Surely, a site dedicated to the topic of petrol prices should be organising some protest!!! I would fully back protests!

Come on, lets take action!!!

Roger April 19, 2010

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I do not agree in demonstrations re this sort of thing. To me, demo's are okay if there is little or no self-interest for the demonstrators - human rights issues, pollution, peace, abortion etc. I remember the big demo a few years re fuel prices and the leaders seemed to be a narrow-minded bunch. Not the same again please.

Peter Kwaskowski April 19, 2010

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Currently stuck in Egypt. Here prices are 2.75 LE (20 pence) for 1litre of 95 unleaded. Taxes on fuel in the UK are too high. I have already reduced my trips to bare minimum. None of the political parties will reduce taxes. Very nice and cosy income. Drivers in the UK are hopeless to fight for their rights. Look at France.

Catherine Redstone April 19, 2010

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Boycott the petrol companies that are spearheading the increases! I live out in the sticks, so using our 'wonderful' reliable public transport is not an option. I combine my journey to work, school and shopping as much as possible. It just annoys me that people are lining their pockets!

Claire Gallagher April 19, 2010

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I can't believe that the government get away with adding so much tax onto petrol prices, especially in the current climate surely they should have lowered the amount of the tax per litre?? The government doesn't care as they probably claim back their petrol costs through their expenses, which we pay for!! Something has to be done, I'd like to see half the tax taken off so we are paying no more than £1 a litre and even then it's still far too much tax.

Jack Cowley April 19, 2010

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Petrol companies are nothing more than common criminals and I refuse to accept that its the 'way it should be' to charge such ridiculous prices just for the sake of keeping the petrol companies in business. Time for companies to start investing in abundant and eco friendly fuels? This is only going to get worse!

Moira Hall April 19, 2010

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Where will these increases end? The government must find a way of obtaining taxes from another less crucial source.

I can't do any less mileage. They are all essential journeys. As a single parent it is a necessity to be able to manage a reasonable lifestyle with children. I work so can't shop everyday. I can't carry everything on the bus even if there was a direct bus.

We have to do something!

Mrs Jane Derbyshire-heal April 19, 2010

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Whislt the politicians are still lliving in their 'all expenses paid' world they have no concept of the cost of anything. Let them start paying for their own fuel as the rest of us have to, then they may realise the real cost and do something about it. It is about time they look at their job description - civil (polite) servant (works for those who pay their wages)

Dave Smithson April 19, 2010

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i agree about some sort of fuel strike, thats face it when was the last time a M.P paid to put fuel in there cars? i have always said i would not mind paying £1.20 a liter if we never had to pay road tax. we have the highest priced fuel in the world and its time the goverment did something about it. if france can strike and get something done why can't we. the goverment is ment to be a peoples goverment and it not. it seems that they say jump and we say how high, its time we the british public say we don't want to jump no more you jump instead. it's true what others have said no matter who runs our country the fuel price will still go up unless we the public do something. thats face it the more the price of fuel goes up the more the cost of living will rise. because the transport companies have to put there transport cost up to cover it and so we joe public get charged more in the shops so come on thats get together and let the goverment no we are not here for them to wipe there feet on and let us use our freedom of speech to act and do something. i'll gladly put my opinon to the press and Tv and if we al did that then they will have to listen to us.

Hazel Dinleyici April 19, 2010

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I just wrote an email regarding how discussed & angry I am with increased fuel prices being a disabled driver.
You asked if people would be happy to talk to a news paper or tv station. I would be more than happy to.

Hazel Dinleyici April 18, 2010

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I am discussed & angry with the increase in fuel prices. I am a disabled driver. I also have to help my elderly mother in taking her shopping and helping her to enjoy life a bit more taking her out on trips. I only receive a works pension ( I had to retire early due to ill health) disability living allowance and incapacity benefit. It is so hard coping as it is let alone with additional fuel increases. It is a necessity I use my car, not a choice. Do the politicians think of people like me. A BIG FAT NO.

Gary Taylor April 18, 2010

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I just cant be bothered to write a decent comment because it makes no difference, the goverment that make the rules are NOT affected by any price rises, because they get it all for free, or put in a claim for their travel.....this goverment makes me sick.

Bob Ward April 18, 2010

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There is an email circulating telling us to avoid Esso and BP (same company)then when their sales are hit they will reduce prices and then hopefully other fuel company's will follow!! Makes sense. maybe we should be concentrating on boycotting one or two suppliers like BP and Esso... Nothing ventured ... Nothing gained. Maybe this would be one for the daily newspapers to co-ordinate to guarantee success!!!!

Austin April 18, 2010

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I have to unsubscribe because I'm generally in favour of higher fuel costs to help incentivise efficiency and alternative technologies.
I use the site to see which local stations make the highest margins on fuel, not to protest about government taxes.

Warren April 18, 2010

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One PENNY, two PENCE (tuppence) for those too young to know the difference!

The sooner someone can fight off the oil companies with an alternative to fuel our cars the better. Alternativevly the oil companies seek better alternatives. Lessening the demand for oil by available alternatives might possibly bring about peaceful resolution in the Middle East.
If one doesn't live on a 'bus route and shops are two plus miles away - the journey being over steep gradients - shopping becomes nigh on impossible for those handicapped by age.

Neil J Hames April 18, 2010

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I am a driving instructoin Birmingham and have justreplaced my car to anoher Ford usion 1.4 Tdci. I have noticed that instead of getting about 52.5 Mpg I have found a decrease to about 46.8 Mpg. My pupils arent driving any less careful than normal but it has stated to cost an absolute Fortune on a Daily basis. I only put 20 litres at a time in the tank to save weight on the car so that also improves the economy of the car!! ( so I though??)
I startd my career in August 2007 when prices where 85.9 p/pl and now look at the prices!! lessons are now £20 per hour (to soon be revised) and they used to be £18. I dont know how else i can survive trading unless I putmy prices up but then its a HUGE risk of outpricing my self to my competitors....things are not good but Fuel protests are POINTLESS as politicians could'nt care less as Ful is a comedity people always need and will get the money for it regardless ( similar to cigerettes and booze!!!) we either dont use our cars and NOt work like al the unemployed people who happily Bleed the system dry. or ust get on with it!!! not much of a choice i dont think. Im jus glad I got out of the Haulage industry when I did sorry hauliers

Elizabeth Clarke April 18, 2010

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I'm sick of the rising prices - I have 2 children who visit their father every weekend and I have to take and pick them up, 4 in journeys in total, not forgetting the ones inbetween when they forget things, not matter how often, you've asked them if they've got everything they need. I basically don't go out. I have a back problem which gets aggravated if I walk too far, public transport pffff, the drivers are some of the most obnoxious people on the planet, not to mention, with a bad back, how the hell am I supposed to do my shopping. 'Do it on the internet' I hear you say, but that doesn't alter the fact that I never go anywhere and hardly ever see anyone, my Mum lives 16 miles away so that's a 32 mile round trip. I cannot afford to buy a newer car. Our government is far too ready to hand out cash to other countries but what about us, do we not count for anything anymore? They tax us 2/3 on petrol, America pay for a gallon about what we do for a litre I heard and yet they travel around in 8.2 vehicles - it's ridiculous!

Cliff Sellers April 18, 2010

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Today I read in the papers that North East Hauliers are planning fuel protests but where, oh where, can we get information on these events. I own a motorhome that is being fleeced by diesel prices to the point that I can barely enjoy it, I will gladly join a convoy, make cups of tea or coffee for the drivers, sandwiches too if it will help things along, anything to make my feelings known & support the protest. Anyone with any contact details to put me in touch with organisers please sing out, there must be a huge number of like-minded people out there who just need information.

Lisa Harries April 18, 2010

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Being a disabled person who needs a car to be able to get out and about not only for shopping but the 2 mile school run i'm really struggling with the price of petrol. If there was to be a fuel protest I would support it, as something needs to be done.

Alan Sheldrake April 18, 2010

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Have been reading through comments made, and agree thats its just greed from all partys concerned.I would love to see fuel prices come down ,but it would seem that no one will listen to our concerns.We need help Mr Prime Minister.

Gordon Myers April 18, 2010

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whats the point they (Labour government) dont take any notice of what we say, i mean the people in this country, they are all for filling there own pockets and making us pay for it, they may say they will look in to it but, they just keep putting the cost back on to us road users, then there's the road tax, i ride a motorbike and pay nearly as much for that as for my car (£70), we are the easy way to get money to try to balance the books that these greedy swines have taken for themselves they are just a bunch of lying stealing greedy people.

Ikhlaq Shah April 18, 2010

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I feel pretty much the same way everyone else is - wondering when these rises will stop, the more and more they go up the more and more I wonder if I should bother wasting my time working, having an honest living and contributing to society.....petrol / diesel is for many and myself the most vital thing to get us to work and to get around in order to contribute yet it seems to be the most taxed item by this government and a blatant attempt on capitalising?

I personally do not know how the UK can charge more for diesel is more expensive then petrol - when in no other country is this the case, we are obviously getting ripped off....?

Keith Dawson April 18, 2010

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I have had to cut down on my social driving significantly as I can't afford the increase in diesel price. So I am now doing significantly less miles and the government is not getting any extra revenue out of me. From a different aspect, I operate in the voluntary sector as an emergency ambulance responder and as a charity we have to pay for our fuel - it does not come from the ambulance service. Where we are going to get the extra money from for diesel is beyond me and I guess we will have to cut down on our cover, which bluntly means putting lives at risk. i guess the RNLI, Mountain Rescue, SJAB, Rec Cross and many other voluntary organisations are experiencing the same problem.

Karen April 18, 2010

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I agree, everyone should join a fuel protest.

The prisons are over run as it is so they cant lock everyone up ;-). So much for the UK being in a resesion.

We use the car to take our chilldren to their fathers which is 30miles away and take our youngest daughter to school which isnt within walking distance and as the so called education dont have any places in schools close by, we dont have any option to take her to the school which have places.

Its very difficult when your on low income and have to put over £50 of fuel in the car every week. We used to go for family days out which the children enjoyed, that wont be happening this summer due to price of fuel. So Thankyou Mr brown for not allowing the middle class people to enjoy what was once an enjoyable life... not anymore.

Terry Rose April 18, 2010

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Came back from France mid March, what a difference. We changed our money at €1.09 a pound and the diesel was €1.04, €1.06, €1.07, yes we did a lot of filling up. So that is less than a pound a 1L. Mind you the petrol was a lot higher, but then again wine at €1 a bottle.

Sean Broadbent April 18, 2010

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we have all been seeing the cost of fule go up, but their must be someone incharge of price rises with some brains, as i am paid by the hour, no overtime no wage rise,no chance of changing jobs, the bank account is steadely getting deeper into the red, at some point the overdraft will be at maximum, this means no fule to get to work.

fule is the biggest rise we see but every thing will cost more with the next increase, so my overdraft limit will be met even quiker so i estimate i will not be able to get to my work by november.

sean broadbent

Matt Harris April 18, 2010

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I make a massive effort to drive as little as possible, I never drive when it is possible for me to walk, or take public transport (which is also too expensive!). But even with my green efforts, I'm still struggling to afford to buy the fuel I need with the rising prices.
I drive very economically too! and in a small car!
it's beyond a joke, the fuel companies report record profits each year, its disgusting.

Shirley Morris April 18, 2010

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I feel the petrol companies have just taken advantage, the tax went on in the budget but was not for a couple of weeks and the prices at the pump went up immediately. It is time that rip off britain revolted. Government should stop using the motorist as a cash cow and the petrol companies should be controlled. There is no justification for the current rises.

Charles New April 18, 2010

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A full tank in my Renault clio is now reaching £65, sometimes more, whereas in the same car 6 years ago i could barely get £40 of fuel in.
This is an added £50 pound per week and £200 per month, which after rent is all the money i have left.
Now i'm living on the edge, working full time and unable to afford to eat or heat my residence.
What kind of a country are we living in where hard working individuals can't afford to support themselves? I'm 24, i want a wife and kids. I can't even afford to buy a woman coffee. And just up the street there are a load of families that don't work and live on welfare, the welfare i'm struggling to provide for them!
Something must be done, Brits will not sit back and let the government and banks bully the workers into poverty. Attack the wealthy and the lazy. Not drivers. Charles, London

Janice Gosden April 18, 2010

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I am in a situation which enables me to have a choice of transport.
I live in the highlands of scotland and being senior , on a pension , to have a bus pass , which is all very fine and dandy , till a specific destination is selected .
Buses don't always go where I want , so have to take the car . I think the scenario is self explanatory....
I very often don't go.

Andy Rodgers April 18, 2010

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we all need to get together and let the goverment know we can not keep having price rises and pay decreases we should not be filling tanks up so only buying fuel as we need it think how much fuel is in tanks of cars instead of in the forecourt

Alex Howard April 18, 2010

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I bought a diesel car last year and although i am now getting an average of 57 mpg across the board - vs- 44 mpg on my old petrol car, it costs more to fill up the same size tank now than it did before i changed to diesel.

Every time there is a government increases on fuel, the fuel companies add a bigger increase than the government at the same time because they know that the government (Red or Blue - it makes no difference!) will get the blame!

This site wants opinions? Here goes; we should all buy fuel company shares and via networking together, force the greedy oil companies to reduce the price and consequently the tax we pay would reduce as a consequence of that. Don't fall into the trap set by the fuel companies of blaming the government of the day - it's a con!!!

Tom Anstruther April 18, 2010

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What ever party gets in at the next election we have to make it clear that rises in fuel duties are not exceptable under the existing climate. Fuel prices affect everything we buy as well not just the fuel itself. Then when you add the vat etc onto these rises it's clear the government see it as an easy way to re-coup the losses they made over the last 2 years.

Robert Sparkes April 18, 2010

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I drive 300000 per year for my job iam now paying about a £100 pounds per week just to do my job. Iam self employed but cannot pass the increase on to my customers as my product has aset price.It wont be long before i have to cut down on my travelling because i wont be able to afford any more increases in fuel.

John D Johnson April 18, 2010

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High fuel prices are here to stay. It suits the government (of whatever persuasion) as high prices at the pump equals loads more tax. They know we need to use our cars as public transport is so poor, and if we do start to use our cars a lot less they will probably increase VAT to maintain the obscene revenues they get.

John Mortam April 18, 2010

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We all jump up and down because of the cost of fuel. But nearly all of us have to drive our cars and the cost of fuel will not change that.

So is it possible to remove the need for us to drive our cars everyday.

First why do we use our cars

1st: to get to work
2nd: to get the kids to school
3rd: to get the shopping

Could I use public transport
work is 20miles away so would still cost much more than owning a car and it would be 3 different busses and take twice as long to get there. One person does use the bus and he is late at least once every week.

We could take kids to school on the bus? still more than the cost of the fuel in a car and no bus shelter so when its raining we would all get wet waiting. I am only 3/4 of a mile away so when it's dry we walk or cycle. But we must cycle on the path as it is not safe for a 4 and 6 year old to cycle on the road.
So they could put a cycle path in for us? Do you real think a white line painted down the side of the road will make it safe 4 and 6 year old to cycle on!
It does not help that the small local schools have all been closed so we can not all have schools close to home, but some parents will try to choose a better school miles away from home which forces them to use the car. Maybe school league table are not such a good idea?

To get the shopping on a bus ? Have you ever tried to get 4 bags of shopping a push chair and hold 2 year old while getting on to a bus.

Saying all this, most of fuel goes on driving to work everyday, I would love to work closer to home.
But getting a job close to home is much easier said than done.
I could move closer to my job?
But how long will I be staying at any job these days. With the cost of moving and disruption of changing the kids schools must also be considered, if I will only be working there a few years

R Ahmad April 18, 2010

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Where exactly are these prices being bumped up? Fuel protests may simply put pressure on those who actually have very little to do with the price increases.

Ultimately, the real solution to this is alternative fuel sources. If water could be harnessed for vehicle fuel, prices could drop like a stone. Then again... we would probably see the price of water shooting up and wars being fought for it!

Ewa Olinkiewicz April 18, 2010

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I run a small business helping migrant workers, and I have to drive to all my appointments. I cannot put my charges up, as the client group I work with have enough difficulty paying, therefore, I have to somehow absorb these cripling prices.

No doubt some will say I should use public transport, but I live and work in a rural area, making that an impossibility.


Allen Rowland April 18, 2010

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When will we stop letting the government treating us like sheep?
I have to use my car and i try to save petrol because i don't earn a lot, so what should i do? ( give up work and live on the dole! ).
When fuel goes up in price, every thing follows suit because whatever it is it has to be transported!
Time for another protest march!!!!!

M Wright April 18, 2010

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What is needed is a repeat of Fuel Protests of 2000 where farmers and hauliers BLOCKADED the oil refinery's.

This time, any such action would likely to stand better chance of success, due to the Labour government (3rd in the polls), not wishing to be embarrassed by the country grinding to a halt with the General Election only weeks away.

George Davidson April 18, 2010

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I drive 35 miles every day to get to work, and of course, 35 miles just to get home. It's a decent job that I enjoy, but I only travel that far because successive governments have detroyed the country's manufacturing base. It is a very sad reflection on this once great country that we have to travel to find work. Am I just being cynical when I think that the government have realised that old policies have given them an extra opportunity to tax us? Wouldn't it be nice if the entire country (or a large proportion) just said - ENOUGH. Quite how, I don't know. But everyone quitting & demanding OUR money back by going on the dole would be fantastic the country would collapse in a week. Maybe there is a way that we oridinary people can claim expenses from the government.

Kellerman April 18, 2010

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Angela Tappin: You realise, of course, that those profits go right back into extracting ever harder to reach oil, right? You don't seriously think they pad their executive bank accounts to the tune of billions each I hope.

It's not like it's getting cheaper to produce oil. It's getting harder, WAY harder. You don't pay tens of millions of pounds a day hiring prospecting rigs to drill test wells two miles beneath the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, like BP's Thunder Horse project, if you can just go and stick a short pipe in the Texan desert. These things cost a lot of money, and they're never guaranteed to pan out as expected either, again, like Thunder Horse which has now had to be shutdown partially as the manifolds under such pressure at such depths are failing routinely.

If you rip apart the private oil companies, then that means we rely on the nationalised oil companies. So instead of Shell and BP, we have to rely on ARAMCO and PDVSA. And if you think they gouge you know, you've never been taken to town by a Saudi or Venezuelan oil exporter.

M Poultney April 18, 2010

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I've just driven back from France and payed 1.11 euros per ltr for diesel in Calais, that's close to £1 a ltr.

Linsey Daniels April 17, 2010

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Increased petrol priced are putting a strain on my families finances. I am already struggling to cope with the increase in price, and further increases my well leave me struggling to put diesel in my car.

This on top of being made redundant, in a recession - it really touch.

Jim Tomlinbson April 17, 2010

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I have forwarded an email asking recipients to IGNORE ESSO & BP when buying fuel on the premise that hurting one or two will force their prices down and then the others will follow.

Matt Atkinson April 17, 2010

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I dont think a fuel protest where you dont buy any for the day would be of any use as they know that the next day you will be it anyway.I receieved an email about the the dearest supplier being BP and saying that we shouldnt buy any fuel from this supplier in protest,surely if we all did this they would have to react.At the end of the day we need fuel but we still have choices.

Bob-the-farmer April 17, 2010

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Still resenting the continued hike in this stealth tax, so just re-applying the concept of economy-driving, using a lighter foot,an excellent branded fuel for the engine, logging miles/L and being pleased with the result. No way can I consider changing the vehicle - it's a workhorse still to be celebrated despite the punishing fuel prices and the extra overheads to the business.

Adam Searle April 17, 2010

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like most of you i am sick of the rise in petrol prices over the past few years and this tax-money grabing government.i have had to cut back in the use of my car and having to cut back on most things just to put petrol in the car now days.i know the economy is in dire need of restoration-but how long do us hard working class have to foot the bill and keep going without......

Dave April 17, 2010

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I live in the highlands of scotland and Disabled,I can,t just get on a bus as you can in a town, The fuel in my village a litre is (deisel £128.9) very hard to get about with this price of fuel we must do something now.

Angela Tappin April 17, 2010

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How I ask can there possibly be a need to put fuel up again when last year Shell made a profit of something in the region if £8 BILLION. Who needs that as a PROFIT? The government must get a hold of this before even the emergency services have to stop patrolling and attend only emergency calls due to the price of fuel. I try to limit my use of my vehicle on the days I am not working but being a shift worker I don't have another option during my working week.

Patrick Greatrix April 17, 2010

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I swapped my old Astra on the vehicle scrappage deal and now own a Seat Eco 1.4 It is giving me on average 74 mpg if I keep to about 56mph.
However with a 88 mile round journey to work and back each day it is now costing me £55 to fill up each week.
This time last year the cost was £43 I wish my wages had gone up by the same percentage.
I need a car to go to work
I need to go to work to afford a car.
Where have I gone wrong?

Paul Daniel April 17, 2010

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no one likes the price of petrol going up , what makes me laugh is the goverment say about using more public transport but people can not cose the service is not good enough in the way that time table needs a much better service in the of more buses , i would love to take a bus to work and i am sure other people would to , what is wrong with our goverment .

Leanna April 17, 2010

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I am a student & I commute to University as I cannot afford to live on campus. It is around 20 mile each way & I am putting around £70 a week in my car, which is cheeper than living on campus but still works out expensive. I am replacing my petrol car for a diesel in July as you get considerably more miles to the gallon than you do with petrol, but I know diesel will be more than likely to follow suit soon, I am paying 120.9 per litre at the moment & it is still rising - surely it can start going back down towards the £1 per litre mark soon?!

Ric April 17, 2010

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Get real, people. Fuel is going up, it is a limited resource, we use too much of it and we waste it. Looking at some of the posts above there's a tedious 'I need my car for work' You don't, you simply choose to live and work in different places, your choice, your cost.
'I run an HGV' So what? Should every business be protected from costs going up? Do drivers get pay reductions? There are too many inefficient HGVs on the road & too much stuff being transported because the cost of transport is lower than the cost of local manufacture, if you can't put you prices up & don't make a profit, go out of business.
'The cost of fuel is lower abroad' False comparison. French roads (for example) have tolls.
'I've had to get a smaller car' Diddums! What cry-baby nonsense, any fuel saving will be more than offset by the cost of the new vehicle (unless you are trading down a 3l 4x4 to 1 litre runabout). Do the basic maths.
As for the 'we must rise up & do something about it...' brigade. You do have the choice. Stop driving, move house, change jobs. Driving & car ownership is not a right. Stop whining that fuel is too expensive. It isn't!

Russell Roberts April 17, 2010

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This time last year I was paying £50 to fill my car up now it is almost £65 and it is a scandal. How can the government justify nearly two thirds of petrol prices is tax when the roads are in such bad repair? Where is the money going? probably on their John Lewis list. This is definately the time to have a fuel protest to bring the issue right into the spotlight with a General Election looming. It could enforce an Election promise from one of the main parties to address the problem and could become a big vote winner. We've been shafted for too long.

John Sloan April 17, 2010

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I need my car as my wife is disabled and can't use public transport.

I understand the chanceller needs to get his revenue from somewhere but why does he not ask the bankers to repay their DONATIONS instead of taxing motorists. After all if the banks can pay out bonuses, they can repay their debt.

Richard Jones April 17, 2010

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It's well past time that fuel duty was restrustured. The % levied by Government is horrendous and unjustifiable. Other countries do not seem to impose such victimisation on the motorist. The duty should be reduced rather than increased !
Why are we still at the mercy of OPEC and not progressing the production of Bio-fuels in the UK, similar to South American countries ? We certainly have land to grow the crops. We could generate significant employment in agriculture, building refineries and developing our own petro-chemical industry.
Electric or dual fuel vehicles are a way forward. But the electric has to come from somewhere and as such is very counterproductive as we are now so reliant on Gas supplies from Europe and Russia.
If we want cheaper fuel in the longterm we have to be more selfish as a nation and go it alone.
We have to stop being so "British" and start thinking about ourselves (like the French). It's almost as though we like to be subservient to others.
Put our technology and resources into something that will benefit us and enjoy the rewards in our country for a change.

Dave Coleman April 17, 2010

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As usual, drivers seem to be the main group to pay for all these troubles. I feel sorry for pensioners who may find that all their plans of seeing the country in their retirement are dashed.

Philip Woodward April 17, 2010

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The price of fuel is now out of control many years ago the goverment said if it got to £5.00 a gallon the would abolish road tax fuel is now above £5.00 a gallon and no sign of abolishing road tax as an ex H.G.V. Driver doing longdistance there are a number of solutions to this problem but the one solution is you as a nation must all stick together it is no good one person saying i am going to block the fuel termials and then the rest of you complaining when there is no fuel at the garage if you want fuel prices to change then you must all be united and fight for the same thing what happened to the sign up we did with to get a card for cheaper fuel that never arrived why not try contacting fuel surrpliers like keyfuels,diesel direct ( they sell petrol as well ) uk fuels get a card of them see how much discount you can get try BP Shell Total Texaco Jet they all have card schemes i dont know what you can save but if you dont ask you dont get there is no need to block a fuel terminal all you have to do is leave the car or bike or even truck in the garage and cycle or walk you may think that is a stupid idea and i can see why but look at it this way if you are not using you vehicle then the fuel giants are not selling fuel to the garages slump in sale cut in prices so you will use your car bike etc,etc more how many of you would be willing to put your cars across a fuel terminals gates to stop the lorries coming out not many of you yet you want fuel to go down in price as long as someone else does the work you must be united its no good a small group doing this open the garages to free enterprise bit like a free house pub if the fuel people want you to sell there fuel they must give you a cometitive price like the breweries do with the beer for free house pubs ( example ) one garage sells fuel at £1.50 another sell it at £1.45 now although the garage selling fuel at the higher price may seem to be making more profit they are selling it at a slower rate than the cheaper one so the cheaper garage sells more fuel and makes more profit because more people go there to fuel up rember fuel rises transport costs rise goods prices rise then we need a wages rise to keep pace if all else fails move to venezuala 2p a litre or there abouts hope this may have given some ideas to help you all many thanks.

Michael April 17, 2010

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I ride a 125cc scooter & do 20miles a day 6 days a week to get to work as im a bus driver,, its costing more & more to fill up my tank each week

Vitus Vogl April 17, 2010

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Dear Sir . When Tony Blair and Bush went to war against Iraq , everybody
guessed it was about oil . Where is this oil? the peice of oil is high ,because
there is a shortage of it . Who is conrtolling the flow of thr oil ? . I believe that
China and India are large importers of it . The war was clearly about oil , not only against Saddam , otherwise they should have gone into Zimbabwe as well . Regards V.Vogl .

Joyce Sims April 17, 2010

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Ilived for many years in Nova Scotia, Canada. Petrol prices have also hit an all time low there now I understand, but the government in NS regulates that ALL stations charge the same. To me this makes a lot of sense, gouging motorway drivers seems the worst possible form of control that I can think of. Why are we charged so much for petrol anyway?

I have also udated my email address)

Peter Stone April 17, 2010

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It staggers me just how stupid you all just don’t get it do you?

Petrol is not about you having a fun time in your car and getting from A-B for work feeding or anything else for that matter..... it is in fact the Labour Govts prime directive for raising tax money...

Why so?

Stroll around any town centre weekday, when people are meant to be working and what do you see? Droves and droves of people shopping...

How can they do this?

Because tax credits, family credits, child benefits, housing benefits, job-seekers allowance and disability benefits and last but not least that index-linked state pensions all need paying for....

1-4 folk of adult working age do not work in this country at all, but it doesn’t stop them shopping and f#ck#ng does it? And with 65m souls on these tiny overpopulated islands welfare payments for this whole sorry mess is in fact crippling.

Who pays?

Well the lucky motorist to a large part...

With petrol at £1.16p per litre, a whopping 73p of this cost is PURE TAX....not forgetting the TAX DISC on the car, TAX on the insurance, the cost of the MOT etc...

Cars are the best cash cows ever invented for this Labour Govt!

(Blaming the oil companies is simply a convenient smoke and mirrors red herring)

George April 17, 2010

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i think that we should all get together and rally every town and city in the country ports etc bring things to a stand still

Tony Stace April 17, 2010

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Just returned last night from a holiday in Spain, drove down this time and was very suprised that petrol prices in France are higher than here, 1.49€
BUT, their diesel prices are only 1.29€, about £1.17 a litre. In Spain too the
diesel price is around 20c less, presumably our equalistion of the prices is
down to taxation not profiteering???

Graham Macdonald April 16, 2010

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In response to comment 9894, you will find that EVERY Government is the same, wether it be Labour, Conservative, or even a Co-alition Government,m not one of them will drive fuel prices down unless we protest and if you think otherwise, i guess brainwashing does work.

John Howell April 16, 2010

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I seriously damaged my spine in a fall and movement is very painful, without my car I'm helpless.

I don't know what the answer is to reducing fuel costs other than to choose an alternative form of energy to power my car.

I've watched the promotion of Diesel as a cheap alternative and I've watched the prices rise with its popularity. The same will happen to LPG and anything else they care to dream up as a saviour.

After long and careful consideration the only real solution is to make a gallon of fuel carry me further. I intend to do this by making a Hydrogen generator that will suppliment my car to yield more mileage.

This is simpler than you think and you might want to look into this further.
If I can scrape up enough money for the basic components and had help with the electronics, I would be enjoying huge fuel savings as the generator uses water and a few minerals. Both of which are cheaply available and God help the politician that introduces rain tax.

I believe science is the answer at least in part.

Rob Camm April 16, 2010

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I think its outrageous the price of fuel. How can the working class enjoy motoring anymore! Its worse than a mortgage the cost of filling up every month! Wages have not gone up. So we only have so much money and we need to run our cars to go to work and do shopping. As every thing is transported by road then the cost of every thing will go up. Its time the government gave the motorists a break and CUT the cost of DUTY.
FUEL AT FAIR PRICES. I was taking to someone over in the states and told them how much our fuel was - They said there would be a riot if there fuel was that expensive - Also they could not believe how much we pay over here.
In Nigeria its less than 20 p a litre - yet our government bales them out with money!!! I dont understand the logic of that

Michael Walter April 16, 2010

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I run a driving school, so fuel is my main commodity. I have reluctantly just put my hourly tuition prices up, as profit margins have dropped through the floor. Judging by the already obvious halt in new enquiries, I am extremely worried about the long-term impact on my business. This whole issue is just another aspect of 'rip-off' Britain, and I no longer feel proud to be British. Where will it end - who knows? I'd leave tomorrow if it were practical, but kids and mortgage make that option remote, unfortunately :-(

Alistair Maxwell April 16, 2010

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so they want us to use are cars less?public transport useless
i start early and finish funny hours.
so public transport useless
food going up because of fuel public buses will go up.
so wat nxt people better off not working then they have probs
election problem


James Patrick April 16, 2010

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The government takes far too much from the motorist without giving much back. I appreciate the money for government spending has to come from somewhere but why does the government insist on taking the easy option? I predict a mad max scenario where people are going to start stealing fuel, whether its from the pumps or other peoples cars. Its time oil companies and the government cut the prices. Don't forget the government only take a percentage of the price at the pump, its the oil companies that set the price!!!

Doreen Cooper April 16, 2010

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Christopher Rhys Owen April 16, 2010

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It's scandelous we pay far too much in taxes as it is and now the price rise is just a kick up the a**e for us again, I live in a rural community with very little transport links we have about two busses a day going through each way and no trains and never during the times when my wife and I work so a car is a necessity where the government recon fuel is a luxury! HOW!!! My wife and I work t separate times so having two cars is a must twise the kick!!! and not only that they have just put the tax up on my car by £8 over 6 months that is two more hours pay after tax I have to work just to run my car for 6 months!!!!! THEY ARE ROBBING US BLIND

Yours disgustidly


Andy C. April 16, 2010

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The same as everyone in the country I am feeling the discomforts of higher fuel prices. As with most other people who have posted comments I need my car to get to and from work daily. I can't use puplic transport as I work shift and start at 6:00am on the early shift and the first train dosen't run untill 7.
and on afternoons I would miss the last train home.
The trouble is that the goverment will not make any attempts to intervine with the outragous price rises because the more the price goes up, the more goes into their pot. I am sure that if it was any other type of business the monopoly's commission would have a say in the matter.

Jason Dixon April 16, 2010

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The fuel prices are getting beyond ridiculous now, I travel 110miles to work and then 110miles back again 4 day a week in a petrol car where 6 months ago I could do there and back on £25 a day now its costing me £43 a day, that is an increase of £18 per day. For 4 days thats an extra £72 out of my pocket which I think is ridiculous. Why doesthe government charge so much VAT on fuel, whats wrong with a fixed price freeze for 12months at 80p per litre to let everyone try and get in front, but I suppose thats just England for you.

Alan Johnson April 16, 2010

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as a low pay worker living in rural surry i have to use a car to get to work as public transport takes 2 hours each way it used to be a third of my wages for the car but it moving more near to half it soon will be easer on the dole if fule costs rise much more

Dave Street April 16, 2010

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As a pensioner living in a rural area without the benefit of good public transport I rely totally on a car. Therefore this is realy hitting me. It's OK for these city bound politicians to bang on about using public transport but they don't realise how the other half live. Hopefully with the up coming elections we can punish these thoughtless idiots. Yes I know all the others will do the same but at least it's the one protest left and it may make them think.

Theresa Rapley April 16, 2010

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The price of petrol today is awful with our government taking the lions share of the cost per litre. The car owner bears the cost of of running the country with the taxes we pay including fines imposed on drivers for very simple offences our police have become tax collectors.

Sheldon Melville April 16, 2010

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I have noticed that a lot of people are driving slower and taking their time to conserve petrol or diesel.
I need my car to travel to work but i have considered getting an oyster card parking my car at the station and taking the train or underground to make other sociable journeys.
This might sound daft but we all try and buy the cheapest petrol or in my case diesel but is there such a thing as good petrol/diesel which last longer and worth paying that few pence more for cause it lasts longer or gives you a bit more miles for the gallon. i find some diesel lasts a bit longer that some.
Anyone has any thoughts on that!

Peter Amoss April 16, 2010

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The odd thing is that the price of petrol does not seem to have become the election issue that I thought it would. Perhaps as yet people have not yet felt the the full inpact. A combination of greed by Oil compnies and Government combined.

Peter W April 16, 2010

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Some of the comments suggesting that the government somehow benefits from taking OUR money for itself are just ridiculous. And as for substantially dropping the tax on petrol .... don't be daft! We would only need to raise tax somewhere else.

Besides, high fuel taxes are essential - we've just got to cut down on consumption. In case you hadn't noticed, cars and roads ruin the country in every way imaginable .... and petrol's not going to be around much longer in the sort of quantities we've got used to. I've got my driving down to 6,000 miles a year, at least in part because I walk and cycle locally and take the train whenever I can. We moved house a few years ago so I could be nearer work and schools. My car stays at home as much as possible.

Anthony Fuff April 16, 2010

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Petrol prices are just one issue that arises from an inept and morally suspect government. We are being taken to the cleaners by these opportunists. They have complicated our lives so much that we can't keep track of our money any more. If it's not one tax, it's another. They cover up their incompetence with flim- flam and bravado. They have wasted the oil we have had from the north sea and now rip us off over what's left. It is their responsibility to make sure we can live a reasonably comfortable life, but their mismanagement and pocket lining, is causing endless strife and stress. Other country's governments really look out for their citizens. Unfortunately ours is unfit and untrustworthy. It doesn't help that election promises aren't legally binding, like most verbal contracts. Time for action!

John April 16, 2010

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I live in a rural area and run a diesel car, so I'm not suffering as much at present because the rise in diesel price is smaller than 18 months ago. Even so, you have a lot less money to spend on other things since the price has crept up by 23p a litre since last July.

I personally am boycotting BP and Esso stations because they charge top prices unless there is very close-by supermarket competition. I'm not that keen on buying at Tesco either because they charge as high a price as they can get away with, unlike Asda and Morrison's who seem to charge the same nationally.

James Wison Hunter April 16, 2010

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It just saddens me that the government of the day can continue to add tax to fuel and take from the car owner yet again. I am aware that the country is in dire need of money but I believe taking it from haulage and delivery will only cause further economic downturn as the cost of everything just increases as the fuel goes up.
An important point.... I would vote for a party who would drive down prices.I would also support some kickback to the government.

Raymond Walne April 16, 2010

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I just don't understand why especially at this election time,no one is mentioning petrol tax.People were out on the streets about the poll tax,saying it was unfair,but people seem to be happy paying this unfair tax.It's costing me £45 per week just to get work,no public transport option.How much of this is tax? We all know,and on my wages,it's just too much outlay every week.

Eoin Garland April 16, 2010

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Oh no……..please, not another badly thought out protest that hits EVERYONE.
If you want to protest then by all means get your pals and place a ring of steel around Westminster. Park your truck outside your MPs house but please……..leave the rest of us out of it. I don’t need another week of pathetic panic buying from a self centred ill informed population. And please, for once and for all stop blaming the Oil companies, it really does show how little you know about the situation. To be able to get Oil out of the ground, refined and transported to your car for 43pence a litre is not bad at all. Considering the huge technical requirement to get Oil out of harder and harder places to reach. You pay almost twice that on Tax and vat. So target the MPs you will have my support just don’t drag me into the mess of the last Protests.

Debbie April 16, 2010

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I got made redundant last year due to the recession and as a result have ended up in a job which involves a long commute. I have no choice but use a car, its costing a fortune, far more than anticipated when i took the job on. Public transport is so poor outside of London, its just not an option. This is what the government must address to reduce car use!

Neale Sheldon April 16, 2010

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I'm worse off, paying more for petrol, making more shorter journeys with my kids.
Fed up of rip off (not so Great) Britain.
Clobber the motorist, the smoker and the drinker are easy hits for the Govt.
I'm all for people power, i'd back another fuel protest

Eddie Singleton April 16, 2010

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It's killing me... One of the the biggest failures of this and other govts, is the total neglect of an integrated transport system and the lies and promises that followed the 97 election-re, what they were going to do about it. Not to mention the swingeing costs of public transport compared to other EU countries and globally... Incompetent is and always has been their watchword... Free market has a lot to answer for.. How else would Virgin be able to charge £197 return from Liverpool to Euston at 6 in the morning... It's cheaper to fly! It's decisions or non-decisions in the past that have pre-empted where we find ourselves today.. With sky-high petrol prices. A country in morbid debt . A weakened currency and nothing to show for it only chaos without an affordable Integrated Transport System... The present predicament just cripples everyone from SME's to individuals...

Martin Tooke April 16, 2010

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It just seems to me that rising fuel prices is payback for our continual reliance on the old black stuff, which, incidentally is not going to last forever. If we want to drive around without a thought for the cost or the environment then we will have to consider alternatives.

So far the only slightly viable alternative I have seen requires a capital expenditure something in the region of £15 - £20000 to invest in a small wind turbine not requiring planning permission and one of the new generation of electric cars from either Mitsubishi or Renault. Obviously the generator will charge the car over night for nothing or very cheaply off bought electricity, and I say this as a driver of a Series Land Rover, about the most uneconomic vehicle on the road and I only drive when I have to. Being 1958 it comes under the tax exempt class, so saving me £190 a year. Minor problem - not quite got the 15 - 20k yet!!!

I don't think there is a fix while we need vehicles the way we do, but I certainly support direct action in the form of blockades etc, even if they are deemed relatively ineffective. Up the revolution brothers!!!!!!

Jim Maguire April 16, 2010

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Fuel tax is always an election issue. I don't think any party in government will change fuel duty to levels that would keep everyone happy. I find the almost weekly hikes in fuel price by the oil companies much more insidious. They go all squeaky clean and blame it on fuel duty when challenged. Any suggestions on how to tackle them?

Graham Macdonald April 16, 2010

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Unless everyone, and i mean EVERYONE protests, then nothing will be done, succesive governments have always raised fuel prices and KNOW we wont do anything about it. I dont like the french but when they get ticked off about something, they know how to protest and even the police side with the population.

It's alright us all saying "its too expensive", Governments ripping us off", its Labours fault". Its every governments fault and its our fault just as much for putting up with it and not doing anything about it, shame on us all. Rant over :)

David Pownall April 16, 2010

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The price reaching £1.20 a litre is a scandal.
As we all know the price of crude is about half of what it was a year ago, but
the cost at the pumps continues to rise.
Every time the price rises the government gets more in revenue through tax, so
they are not bothered ( as well as increasing duty to add insult to injury).

What I fail to understand is that when the price reached about 90 pence per
litre a few years ago, the hauliers were understandably up in arms.
Up to now there has not been a word from them, why the difference!
Someone did suggest to me that they had done some deal with the government.
I find that hard to swallow but it does make you wonder why they are so quiet.

Labour Conned April 16, 2010

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Do not forget it is you'r hard earned tax payers money that has been subsidising public transport, it is only far we should get a paultry concession back.

Paul Case April 16, 2010

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The Government are just plane greedy. They just increase the tax so that they can reduce the deficit budget which they have created by spending so much. The pensioners like myself cannot afford to run my car but the plus is I travel by public transport at the Government/Local Authority expense.

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Mike Caldwell April 16, 2010

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There seems to be little we can do other than be more prudent with our vehicular movements. We try to plan our trips carefully to avoid possible duplication. It is cheaper to use the train to go into town. I use my motorbike a lot more on business now as it is more fuel efficient than the car.
However, I do feel for some people who are feeling the squeeze. My son has a 40 mile round trip to his workplace which cannot be practically done on the train. As a young manager he & I guess many others, is feeling the fuel increase quite badly. He has asked his company for a travel allowance which inevitably has been refused.
How can this government even consider a further increase in duty?!

Howard Holiness April 16, 2010

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Hi Brendan. I am finding it very hard at the moment using my car, it drinks a lot of petrol getting from A to B but I can’t afford to get a more economical car so what do I do?
This Government is treating us really bad in every way. I just wish we had someone honest to reach out and help the people that really need it.

Helen George April 16, 2010

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I'd like to see all Polititians ditch their cars and use nothing but bikes & Public transport for 2 months! Let them see thatsome of us need our cars for work and shopping. Trains don't go everywhere. Busses don't go everywhere. I work in a small town 20 mins drive door to door from home. By bus it would take best part of 2 hours! I have a family and 4 hours public transport per day would definitely put a strain on my ability to spend time with them. Fuel costs are a huge chunk of my weekly spend and I feel agrieved that it is yet another tax that I have no choice but to pay.

Steve Thomas April 16, 2010

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I am unemployed so my children and I are stuck in our village location nearly everyday, as I can not afford to take them out any further afield on a regular basis. Having a large family I need a car to suit, plus the public transport is a joke, very rare, involve too many changes and too expensive for all of us to travel out.

Very Worried Citizen April 16, 2010

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They hanged Richard Turpin (this silly site doesnt even recognise an abbreviated first name...thinks its a naughty word) for less than this Government is doing to us. Legalised robbery it is for sure, we are a captive audience and they are not really interested in giving us money back only in taking more for hair brained schemes and perks for themselves.

Susan Hensman April 16, 2010

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Yet another greedy ploy to extort money and add to the already overflowing coffers of the oil barons!!

Ray Jagger April 16, 2010

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I am a plumber/gas fitter and use quite a lot of deisel in my daily work. Because of intense competition, the prices i charge have been forced down, and with the never ending spiral of diesel price rises, it is becoming more difficult to make a living. It's about time our greedy government stopped this relentless attack on the motorist and reduced the massive ammount of tax they apply in several layers.


Graham Ball April 16, 2010

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I use my car every day and average 2,000 miles a month. I am a regional facilities manager for a property consultants and my car is an essential piece of equipment. These continual price hikes are costing me at least an extra £1,000 a year. My biggest concern is the way the fuel companies can adjust their prices at will. A Shell garage just down the road from me changed its prices 3 times in 24hrs. It went from. £1:17.9 to £1:21.19 and then back to £1:20.9, outrageous.

Cynthiarood April 16, 2010

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I remember when petrol was two shillings and ten pence a gallon. Wow that gives my age away.Yes the good old days when people were people and governments not so eager to feather their own pockets.. We as families worked hard and to have £5 in ones pocket was GREAT. Now £50 is not worth anything. I am 71 and have to buy diesel for my little Toyota Yaris. I still have to work as my pension does not cover my rent and council tax.

Come on this was once Great Britain, Not any more. WE ARE one of the most heavily taxed countries in the world. Wish people would stand up and OBJECT.POSSIBLY "A NO VOTE "OF CONFIDENCE IN ANY OF THESE SO CALLED POTENTIAL CANDIDATES.

David L Nicol April 16, 2010

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Clearly it is all too easy for this discredited Government to increase Fuel duty, this is a quite simply Tax increase every few months that bears most heavily on the poor and Pensioners like myself. As committed Socialist I cannot recognise the politics of this "Opportunist" Government.

Tom Richens April 15, 2010

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Vegetable oil costs arount 82-85p a litre in the supermarket.. If you have a diesel car you can use (legally) up to 2,500 litres per year. When I started using it, it only saved me a few pence. Now it works out at a third off. I don't know why more people aren't doing it. You need to mix in around 25% diesel in cold weather for starting. This has saved me £400 so far since September (that's my winter quarter gas bill).

I was drtiving an old car. Yesterday it failed its MOT. Today I scrapped it and bought another diesel. Vegetable oil will invalidate my 1 month guarantee, but I have seen no eveidence of engine damage.

Noreen Riley April 15, 2010

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I live in North Devon. We are an area with high unemployment rates where people have to drive to get about. Yet our petrol prices are higher than they are in Leicester. And the cost on motorways is ridiculous. i feel sorry for anyone who has to use them. Summer is coming and this area depends on a good tourist season but if people can afford to drive here they won't be able to do much sight seeing! Even the supermarkets aren't cheap in North Devon

Mel Robins April 15, 2010

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It's just another ploy from the government to tax us motorists even more than before. We pay enough as it is. Like us mere mortals these ministers have highly paid jobs so can afford to pay the price, we can't. I bought a new car last year through the scrappage scheme and got a lower cc engine so I don't use quite as much fuel and as I'm not working at present I can make a tank last for ages. I do object to the high prices though but I'm lucky as I have several petrol stations within a 5 mile radius of where I live so I can shop around for the cheapest deals, the supermarkets being the cheapest at the moment. A fuel protest I don't think would alter the minds of the government, it would just be another inconvenience to us motorists.

Tim Spick April 15, 2010

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We in this country have always been taken for a ride with what we pay for fuel its only now when we are trying to claw our way out a major recession that we take notice of how much we are ripped off. I suppose I am luckier than others who drive to work as I only have a few miles to my workplace but I have a young family and like many others out there we have to use 2 cars so that we can both work for a living but @ £1.20 a litre even our meager monthly milage costs us about £160, so I feel for people on modest salaries who travel long distances to work........PROTEST NOW ITS THE ONLY WAY THE WHITEHALL NITWHITS WILL LISTEN!

Bob April 15, 2010

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The government is to blame for the extortionate price of fuel due to using motorists as a golden goose.Another protest is due maybe along with a blockade of the ports and major cities.It works for the French so we should give it a go.Public transport outside of the major cities is a dead duck so its pointless them trying to get us to use it.On top of that why should we go back fifty years when we've been trying to better ourselves and our families.Don't forget the haulage firms are suffering too so they have to put up their prices thus prices in the shops are going up.If the government stopped wasting money then we could see some reductions in tax.
Spare a thought for the Kenyans though,I've just come back from there and their petrol is 80p per litre.Cheap you might think but the average wage is between £50 and £100 per MONTH!! At least I've found somewhere that has worse road surfaces than we do.

Julia Schofield April 15, 2010

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Completely fed up with tax tax tax on old 'job public'. all we do is help out this Government, Oil Companies, Banks etc. - they profit - we loose. Soon be nothing left for us to live on never mind run a car. Time for action - protests, marches whatever makes an impact and time for them to listen to us and work on our behalf. Do we have to continue to pay outrageous taxes on everything to satisfy their greedy needs and profits. They get richer we get poorer and work our fingers to the bone doing so.

Ruth Howat April 15, 2010

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Thanks for my weekly e mail giving cheapest petrol in my area. One person will never make a difference to prices. We should take a stand as motorists wherever possible and campaign against this. How about, rather than comment on how it affects us, come up with some ideas to challenge it. Petrol could be big enough to lead the way but we must be prepared to follow.
I personally would love to stop paying road tax until the roads are safer from pot holes.!!!

Pauline Powell April 15, 2010

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I think its we are very good at complaining but we don't always follow it through. This is a good time to challenge the petrol prices, it might not change things but you cant just let them do what they want.

Andy April 15, 2010

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One thing I heard of was boycotting the larger petrol stations (SHELL,BP,ETC.) and going for the supermarket brands and smaller garages.Don't know If this will do any good but might hit them in the pocket a bit.

Mary Hanley April 15, 2010

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Yet again the price has risen drastically, I am working but having to travel 68 miles a day round trip for $15k a year I cannot afford to work at that price. I don't understand why people are not marching all over the country in protest.

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John Macy April 15, 2010

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I am disabled, and my car is my lifeline - I still have to drive, but have cut back on many things such as restaurants and cafes - and also look for ewvery bargain when doing the weekly shopping. I don't believe it is justified, along with the congestion tax and hefty parking fees,as sometimes available free blue badge places are seldom available north of the river.

Mark Grinter April 15, 2010

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I run a small, self employed, property maintenance company and have to drive where the work is. I can not drive any less than I do now; in fact I am driving more to get the work and find I can not charge accordingly to compensate for this. these prices, or should I say taxes, are gradually grinding my business into the ground.

Tarina Walters April 15, 2010

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The price of petrol is affecting every single one of us. There is less money to do things with the family. Its making it cheaper to go abroad again because driving anywhere in England is the cost of a flight. We need to do something about this as a whole country we need to protest. I work in the haulage business and its killing us.

Kjs April 15, 2010

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i might have change jobs as i travel 40 miles per day and my wages have been cut by 12.5% earlier last year and i am not earning any commision as we cant hit our sales target for the last 6months .the new power to be has to bring down petrol/diesal costs ,to be honest i have been looking for anew job but cant find anything suitable full time .

Liam Knox April 15, 2010

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as usual labour have put the country into serious debt;also under labour they have increased petrol by 60%;slower journeys in as high a gear as possible and shopping around for low petrol prices is all i can do because public transport prices are ridiculous for the service on hand.i think i will get the mask out the cupboard an get into robbing cos it seems to be the norm these days.

Carol Ashford-taylor April 15, 2010

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Have started walking more and using car less. At least it keeps me fitter. Have also stopped travelling long distances to visit friends and relatives. Keep in touch by email now. Not happy about doing things this way but being pensioners have to cut costs somewhere.

Carol Coe April 15, 2010

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I think it is wrong that the Government take so much money as fuel tax. It seems that they see cars as metal cows, a way to milk money out of motorists

Vanessa Fielding April 15, 2010

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As the old saying you get the service you deserve. So obviously people are still under the illusion the government is here to help the country!!!

Lynne Khan April 15, 2010

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It's terrible but it won't change until the british public get fed up enough to do something about it.
We should try and stop buying and force the price down, it would mean making sacrifices but it would be worth it in the end.

Derek Roberts April 15, 2010

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Its about time we had some riots in this country like they do in places like France when the government does something totally unacceptable like this.
We seriously need to get rid of this 'one eyed scottish idiot' and his cronies. Whoever heard of putting up fuel duty when in the next breath these lunatics say they want to get the economy going. This hits everyone more than most people realise and is an easy way of getting money to fix what Brown and his cronies caused in the first place. They should think about getting rid of the thousands on excess civil servants if they need yet more money. Its cheaper to pay them Job Seekers than an undeserved salary and pension from our diminishing resourses.

Daisy April 15, 2010

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Today unleaded petrol at Treloyhan Garage in St Ives is 124.9p a litre and has been for some days now, this is downright disgusting.

Nick April 15, 2010

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Both my wife and I are disabled with various ailments including acute stenoarthritis, asthma and so on. So even short trips, even of a mile or less are not walkable, particularly where my wife is concerned so the car is paramount to our existence at certain times, namely for hospital/doctor's appointments, and whether we need to obtain supplies from the local supermarket (ordering online isn't always possible if delivery times are lengthy). If my wife were to walk the mile into town (with the added aid of a stick), it would probably take her at least 30 minutes to do which is ridiculous and impractical. Using public transport is not an option for her, especially with a basketful of shopping so the car is vital, even if it isn't used for anything else but of course it HAS to be used for other things because of our disabilities.

As far as the government is concerned, well, whoever gets in at the general election will still rip us off. The only question remaining unanswered is how quickly will they do it. Whichever party comes to power will shaft us for everything they can get hold of and this has been happening for years and years, what difference does 2010 make? Absolutely none whatsoever.

Holding a fuel protest won't make a blind bit of difference either. It would have to be done over several consecutive days to make any noticeable difference and even then, it would never actually provoke whatever party was in power to do anything about it. The only consequence would be that those who for one reason or another just cannot afford to join the protest because they still have to work to feed their families, would finish up paying MORE because of the holdups they would experience on their daily commute which would cost them MORE fuel because their mpg would suffer as a result. Boycotting the various fuel manufacturers would not achieve anything either because as one other blogger correctly pointed out, they'd make it up again when everyone filled their tanks either the day before or day after the event.

Of COURSE MP's don't pay for their own fuel because they claim it on expenses. Even John 2 Jags Preston doesn't pay for his own fuel. Brown CERTAINLY doesn't pay for his own fuel and has probably never done so throughout his political "career". Any fuel protests undertaken will probably do more harm than good in the long term because it will put the recovery rate back and the overall effectiveness of such a protest would be non existent.

There is no easy solution to all this, the public's apathy towards anything political, especially where elections are concerned is very valid and justified since as I, and others have mentioned that whoever gets in to power will shaft us for all we're worth.

As I say, it isn't who's going to rip us off but when and how soon.

Matthew Davis April 15, 2010

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One of the main problems with the fuel price rise is down to supply and demand. At the moment the IEA is forecasting a global demand rise this year to 86.6 million barrels of oil per day this year — 2 per cent higher than last year and an increase of 1.67 million barrels a day. OPEC have cut production by 200,000 barrels a day, if they reverse that it's not enough to cover the increase in demand. Non OPEC production, has risen however, but only by 220,000 barrels per day. Again, still not enough to cover the increase in global demand. Until global demand drops, expect the price per barrel to continue to rise.

As with a lot of things in the world, it's not one single factor that's the cause, it's a combination. We have rising global demand, rising refinery costs (heavy crude is harder and more expensive to refine than light sweet crude), currency fluctuations, rising production costs (especially for unconventional oil, tar sands and oil shale), continued problems in the Middle East.

I don't like this situation any more than anyone else. I do my best to conserve fuel by driving slower (50-55mph on motorways), costing up to traffic lights, junctions and roundabouts. That helps, what doesn't help is that I really need to get my car serviced, but can't afford it.

While I admire the calls for protests, it's not going to change the fact that global demand is rising faster than global production, and until that changes (if it ever does), high oil prices are here to stay.

Stephen K Appleby April 15, 2010

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As I am elderly and have a (Class 3) electric mobility scooter, I use this whenever I can locally in preference to the car. It is cheaper to run and much more convenient - no parking or one-way street problems. I drive to the shop door and have no problems with weight of shopping which would aggravate my heart condition.

Colin Rawlinson April 15, 2010

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Just tell me why the greedy chancellor is still increasing his share of the profit from the petrol?

He has put 1P Recently then another soon and gain in January.
So 3p over a short period.
If the dollar is pushing up the price then why can he not lower his profit from it.
Forcing more people off the road will not help him.
Take of a lot of the 59p in the pound that he takes now.

Michelle Davies April 15, 2010

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I just feel so angry at the increase in fuel. I just dont see how the goverment think that people will be able to afford it, our wages are not going up so once again we are out of pocket thanks to our so called goverment. I need my car as I work out in the community so theres no way i can use my car less even if I wanted to. Its going to come to a point where people will not be able to afford petrol, and will have to sell their car. I now have to spend less on my weekly shop to afford the extra £5 I need to fill my car up. I just feel its so unfair, my rant over now!!

David Johnston April 15, 2010

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i work as a carerer and use my car a lot its a joke how much petrol is whos makin the money but as usual car drivers pay the price no increase in wages but plenty off rises every where else

Margaret April 15, 2010

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I live under the factory chimney on the Waterside on the edge of the New Forest and we are now paying £120.99. We do not have competition like many places and our multiple stores just price match each other.

I need a car to get to work as public transport is not an option. I work in a particular charity shop for ‘Free’ two days a week and this is really costing me dearly. All our staff come from distant areas also without public transport and this is proving to be a worry for our business.

I understand from a friend in Teneriffe that fuel costs about 65p litre so our price can only be more tax on all the other taxes that we pay.

Even if we were able to use public transport it is already expensive and the fares will have to go up because of the rising fuel price. It is a no win situation so we need the government of the day to review the problem NOW. It is no good saying world prices are going up the government have to review the tax and greed of suppliers that are all part of the problem.

I asked a garage owner last week why we needed to pay so much for our fuel when we lived so close to the refinery where I see the big multiples lorries coming and going. The reply was that his fuel came from Essex!

Nigel Coe April 15, 2010

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the problem for us country dwellers is that we don't have the competion to keep the prices down even the supermarkets charge the same as the inedependants do and at the end of the day i only i have the same amount to spend on petrol each week fast is coming the time when it will only get me to work four days a week instead of five and i don't think my employer would stand that for long. N

June Kynoch April 15, 2010

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With the price of fuel going up as such a fast rate it means that we cann't visit out grandchildren as often as they live in Chesterfield and we live in Co Durham.

I don't hear of the barrel of oil going up every day so why does out petrol/diesel keep going up.


Sue Jackman April 15, 2010

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The ridiculously high cost of petrol is crippling the average consumer both directly and through the increased cost of haulage, driving up prices and inflation. It is tempting to say that government will never reduce the taxation as the revenue is too crucial but we should pressurise government to do just that.
Secondly I would like to see a system of fairer prices across the country. I appreciate that there has to be regional differences as average income varies across the country but I cannot see the sense of such a variance in cost per litre at the same petrol stations within a few miles of each other. For instance, because there are no other petrol stations within a 10 mile radius, my local petrol station can charge several more pence per litre than its counterpart in the next town.

Colin Taylor April 15, 2010

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I do about 20,000 miles per year, mostly getting to and from work. OK, I could live closer to the office, but the cost of property there is even higher. Public transport would cost even more than petrol, but then this is not an option. The thought of having to go into central london first and then all the way back out again does not bear thinking about. What hurts even more is that most of our customers are in the Oil & Gas industry, and I've visited some of them in the Middle East, and when they tell me they only pay around 12p a litre it makes me feel like crying. Why oh why do we pay so much tax? I wouldn't mind if the road surfaces were nice and smooth and the traffic flowed freely, at least I wouldn't be sitting on the M25 watching the fuel gauge go down.

Grant Potter April 15, 2010

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RIGHT!!! One way or the other we, the public will stop this. Unite all as one and do it quickly, so, on TUESDAY 4th MAY (the day after bank holiday monday) and when the election campaigns are in their last ditch attempts to get our votes I suggest to protest in any way you see fit. Blockade the garages, block the M25, slow drive through central London, do whatever it takes to get noticed. Somebody had to set a date so, here it is.

TUESDAY 04/05/2010 RISE UP!!!

Steve Slater April 15, 2010

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No Rise in wages last year and only 2% this year due to "Global Meltdown", I am certainly feeling the petrol pinch now with a 60mile round trip daily.
While all the reasons for the rise stated are valid, it still does not stop the "Robber Barons" Labour from scooping up yet more swag in Petrol tax! They would still be charging us massive taxes if it was £50 a litre, its the only way they keep this rat hole of a country going.
Vote Conservative or start a revolution!

Nicky April 15, 2010

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Do you think any MPs will take notice of your comments, even if they read them, the are tied up with the fuel companies and filling there own pockets at our expense, do you ever hear of an MP moaning about the price of fuel NO, when they call around your door for your vote give them hell whatever party they call there selves

Tim Whittle April 15, 2010

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I totally agreee with the comments made by Paul, whoever forms the next goverment should be made aware the british drivers will not take much more.However i feel that we need to do something more than stop buying fuel, or blockades, as we all know the goverment will call in the army or find some law( probally anti terror|) to arrest everyone.(so much for free speech and the right to protest).
Lobbying MP's could be a route for all, ask your MP if they intend to reduce fuel duty, if not then no fat cow for them, hit them in their pockets, see how they like it|

Andrew Mccaffrey April 15, 2010

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I have just returned from France. I have been there many times before, travelling mainly by car on holidays for the past 50 years. The French roads used to be truly awful yet now they are possibly the best in Europe. How do they do it? Well, from the EU of course!
The state of our roads is outrageous and the reason, as everyone knows, is that the road tax income is not channelled into the transport system. Bad roads equal poor fuel economy. I drive a medium sized estate car for my job, transporting products (I also try to cycle but the roads are far too dangerous. There is no police cyclist following me to ensure MY safety). We have a small hatch for general day to day functions, shopping, visiting relatives and friends and for my wife to drive to her workplace etc. I don't particularly mind having only one car for our family but it makes more sense to keep them both but drive them less often (small car cannot hold all family and luggage for holidays, now held in the UK). I have decided to work from home now so my daily commute is finished but I drive fewer but longer distances to find work. I can also claim back fuel from the Government which helps as I am now self employed.
Perhaps the answer is a mass go slow on all major motorways for a few weeks. That should shake up the government (what's left of it)!

Runa Mcnamara April 15, 2010

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Just before the massive price rise in fuel I changed jobs to a position where I now do extensive travelling on a daily basis, clocking up 1,000+ miles per week. I would love to be more reliant on public transport - but the simple fact is - it isn't convenient and it is even more expensive than using the car. I do get a mileage allowance 40p per mile for the first 10,000 miles, however after that I can only claim 25p per mile, which doesn't cover the running costs at all. The mileage claims allowances are set by HMRC and haven't changed in years (possibly 10 years or more) whereas the fuel costs have significantly increased in that time. I'm really hoping that fuel costs will go down again, but if not the government really need to get real and increase mileage allowances in line with fuel price increases.

Alternatively I would not mind the high prices if there really was a suitable, affordable public transport alternative including buses, trains, trams and ferries - like they have in the Netherlands!

Rory Mccormack April 15, 2010

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The fuel price is making a big impact on our budget. I drive to work a total of 300+ miles per week and the train is unreliable and expensive. We need to make this more of an issue. This time we seem to be allowing this to happen and the price is going up every few days. The oil companies always have an excuse and yet when the conditions change e.g the price of crude goes down, the price doesn't repond. Let's raise it politically and then the pressure will go on the companies because the politicians want our vote. Let's not have another blocade because vulnerable people such as pensioners will suffer from the food shortages etc!!

Christopher Higton April 15, 2010

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Once again, the government bleeds the motorist dry. In a time of recession this is a great way for them to obtain more money to waste.

The nearest bus stop to us is a 2 mike walk away and if you use the bus your lucky to avoid a brick through the window. The service is slow, inefficient and far too expensive for the sub standard service offered. If we were Japan or Switzerland then I would quite happily sell my car.

The prices are absolutely disgusting and I find myself scarificing other pleasures in life to pay for a basic neccesity. Private transport is a requirement not a luxury in rural areas. I hope some day the selfish politicians ans Opec Fat Cats realise this.

John Bradley April 15, 2010

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My crappy old fiesta I had in the early nineties did around 30mpg. Fuel was around 55p per litre back then so £10 would get me around 120 miles. My new car does 60mpg and at 120p per litre £10 gets me... 110 miles, so not much difference really, and thankfully my earnings have increased since 1990! Now yes I appreciate not everyone can afford to go out and buy a new economical car, and that the cost of doing so would negate the fuel savings etc. But my point is that although fuel prices have increased, automotive technology has advanced significantly and can (given the right car) offset the rising cost of fuel.

I just think you have to look at the bigger picture- for example electrical goods are dirt cheap compared to what they were 10 or 20 years ago. And it's about priorities too- I wonder how many people who've moaned on here have the full Sky TV package and smoke 20 cigarettes a day?

Dave Ridout April 15, 2010

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£1.309 in a garage near us in lincolnshire. It can't go on. I run my own
business and cannot cope with the prices going up like this. When I started
driving it was 70p a gallon.
I would be willing to give you my phone number for publicity - we need these
prices to start coming back down. Time for brown to go and make way for CHANGE.

Shahzad Asif April 15, 2010

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Using the car only for the essential journey.
Public transport as man suggested earlier is all well and good but clearly does not get people on time to or from work. Therefore our own vehicles are necessary. The price of fuel is also affecting people's job searches as salaries are not rising and jobs are in far remote areas.

Kywi April 15, 2010

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I'm a full time student, yet I'm struggling to afford even galf a tank of fuel a week!

If 54p is duty, that's about £20 duty pay a refill, 10 million fill up a day, that's roughly £20million duty tax a day. Why do they need all that?!

They seriously need to reconsider what we're paying for.

Eric Fautley April 15, 2010

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All of the "reasons" put forward for the price of fuel are well known. BUT... think of this. All of the fuel companies state that they make no profit on the forecourt business ( or even the refining business) well and good. However, the same companies make enormous profits in the exploration, exploitation and extraction of oil, gas and other compounds. They then deliberately sell these products to their own refineries at a price which does not allow the refinery process or the retail process to make a profit. Therefore, see the wringing of hands by the ceo's, etc, stating that it's the govt's fault, exchange rates, taxation and on and on and on. "We don't make any profit from the forecourts operations". Of course not; all the profit has already been made at the pre-refinery stage. Do they really think that we're such a bunch of idiots that we can't see this?????

Roger Murphy April 15, 2010

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Why are LPG costs so variable? My local BP garage is now at 68.9p per litre while ASDA 9 miles away is 56.9p per litre! This is profiteering, unleaded at the BP garage is 120.9p and ASDA 117.9p. Why the difference?

Virginia Hammond April 15, 2010

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I agree with the comments that we don't protest enough. Every time I pass a petrol station it's gone up another penny but it never comes down anymore when the cost of a barrel does. I try not to drive as much, walk when possible and drive slower but think that if we were more vocal the politicians would have to take note, not to mention the effect on haulage companies, thus leading to higher prices in the shops of food etc due to higher delivery costs being passed on.

Tony Croton April 15, 2010

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It now costs £72 to fill up, of which a staggering £44.43p goes straight to the treasury. Where are the howls of protest?
Why are we all fooled by politicians who tell us how marvellous they are because they keep income tax at 20p in the £, but then impose stealth taxes to make up tax revenues.
Let’s ask Gordon, or his successor, to stand on a filling station forecourt and collect the £44 per car in person. I’m sure that we would all pay up without a murmur!

Nigel England April 15, 2010

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I am a care worker, visiting people in their own homes. Care workers are already on low wages, and taking £40 - £50 a week out of my wages is driving carers out of the industry. There have been weeks recently when I have had to dip into my savings to make ends meet. We can claim 40p a mile from the tax man, but that hasn't changed since I started in this business in 2002.

John Kelman April 15, 2010

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Being retired I am now driving much less. taking public transport when it is convenient so to do. this change of attitude brought on by the soaring prices of deisel is fine whilst I remain in good health. However, I am now at the age of 80 going on 81, when a little sympathy from goverment taxes would be appreciated. Yes, I do appreciate that thinking along these lines is like living in cloud cuckoo land. Thankfully, we have an election looming. at least it will allow me to show my feelings about the present government. It might not inprove things but it will at least allow me to relieve my feelings on the enormous waste of taxes that it has been generated by this government. How it will long live in our memories.... education,education,education and ditto for all the other government funded departments.

M.e.hall April 15, 2010

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Petrol prices are far to high compared to other countries, we are pensioners and live out in a country area where we have to rely on our car, there is an hourly bus service but we can't cart a load of shopping around town and jumping on busses at our ages. I dont think this government tries to keep fuel prices down. A few years ago there was uproar when prices went sky high, the Hauliers were up in arms, and protesting, where are they now, not a sound from them up to now. A good job we are having an election, get this lot out, as to if another party takes power any good comes from it we shall have to wait and see. We live in hope.

Stuart Rackley April 15, 2010

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I have recently changed my car from a petrol engined to a diesel. This has allowed me to gain about 15 mpg for the same journeys. As an example, I recently travelled from the Midlands to S Wales and averaged 56.5 mpg. I also set my cruise control at 70mph on motorways and was probably the slowest car en route. The above all helps, but doesn't alter the fact that fuel is an exorbitant price and there seems there is little we can do to get it down.

Katie King April 15, 2010

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unfortunately i have to drive a 64 mile round trip for work, but at least that is only 3 times a week (as if that is a bonus?) i am unable to get busses or if i did then it would mean several changes and starting my journey at 0400 hrs for an 0800 hr start. trains would also be a problem. i agree lets protest, every time i pass a garage there is at least a 1p increase every day - just getting stupid. especially as the parties are going to freeze any pay increases for me next year allegedly.

Fiona Moss April 15, 2010

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I have 4 children, 3 have finished uni and after a lot of anxiety have managed to find jobs. None earn more than £13000 pa, 2 of them less. How are these kids supposed to survive, pay rent, save for a pension and perhaps enjoy their youth? My 4th son is still at uni, how could he ever afford a car or peetrol on just £3000 per year?
I'm a nurse I earn after 33 years £14.00 per hour. I drive to work it takes 20 mins across country for an 8 am start, public transport, 1 mile walk to station and 2 trains then a 20 min walk, what would you choose? I drive an efficient diesel megane even so my transport costs have doubled in the last 5 years while my salary has remained static.

Mark Bradford April 15, 2010

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What I find gauling is that the government add the duty to the fuel cost and then add VAT on top thus you end up paying VAT on top of duty - effectivley double taxation. Why not have the VAT on the fuel alone and then add on the duty, this would be fairer and of course cheaper for the the current rate of around about 10p per litre...surely this would be a help to our ailing economy and the heavily pounded motorist, as well as providing greater transparency for the government - a win win sitiation.

Michael O'sullivan April 15, 2010

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Being a self-employed Carpenter the work front is difficult at the moment with either little work or now low paid work, added to this the prices of Diesel (an essential commodity to hunt for work and when obtained to travel too it) makes day to day living an extreme difficulty !!
However we are all aware of the fact elections will bring no respite...........Goverment are trying to ban smoking so where else will they plant the lost taxes !

Lorraine April 15, 2010

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For people, like myself, in rural areas it is very hard to use a car less as there aren't many other options. Although I believe in being green, why does our country pay more fuel tax than most other countries? We all share the same planet/air/ozone layer. Things that concern the whole planet should be taxed the same for everyone. I think we should pay less fuel tax in line with other countries and would vote for that. Constantly raising fuel tax does not help the green issue as most people need to use their cars whatever the cost. It seems to me that it is an easy way for the government to raise revenue when they should be thinking of ways to improve pollution.

Tony Watson April 15, 2010

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I am retired but live in a rural community where public transport is limited. Major shopping centres are thirty to forty miles away so represent at least a gallon of fuel per visit. Thus local shops within walking distance will do better from me as will internet shops. Delivery from Internet shops is usually less than the price of a gallon of petrol and such outlets are becoming very efficient.

Andrew April 15, 2010

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Why does fuel go up by such large amounts and yet never seems to reduce by these margins when the crude oil price drops.
What is our lame duck government doing? Using this as an excuse to jack up budget increases instead of helping the nation to ride out the resession by absorbing increases or not imposing them in the first place.
Having said all this, I have just returned from Normandy where the average price was 1.35 euro/litre and at one motorway services it was 1.53 euro/litre but I don't live there!

Geoff Poole April 15, 2010

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The government say that the fuel duty rises are in place to encourage more people to use public transport, this is utter rubbish as the bus service in my area is monopolised by one company who will only cover routes that are profitable.
If they want us to leave our cars at home then set up a decent and affordable alternative. I have no other option than to use my own transport and the price rises are having a big affect on my quality of life.
This is NOT the government trying to be green, just another way of getting more money for their own coffers.

Reynald Stott April 15, 2010

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I agree with many of the comments posted. I also think that the car, lorry, bus and train are integral parts of all our lives and that we need them as much now as we ever did. I dont think you can blame it all on the labour government as the petrol companies also play a big part in price hikes.
I fully agree with raising the profile of protesting against the prices, it just needs mobilisation of public opinion on a vast scale to make a difference.
Possibly the use of a widely used media such as "you tube" to spread the word or to get people thinking, because if they can put it up to £1.50 a litre as you said in your blog, then is this still the thin edge of an ever increasing wedge?

Dr. John Mckean April 14, 2010

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Last August, we moved full time to Portugal. We've had business interests here since 1995, and petrol has always been a bit cheaper than the UK, and diesel much cheaper, however, Brown's devaluation of the pound (deliberately, to my mind, when he sold the gold reserves when at lowest price - but since gone too far! All in an attempt to make the pound and euro equal so we'd call it "the Euro Pound") makes it slightly more expensive, when 1.42 euros/L = £1.25, Diesel is still cheaper at 1.16 euros = £1.14. If you compare it with a euro worth about 75p as it should be, petrol would be about £1.07- about the proportion it used to be for years!

I paid 72p a litre for Diesel at the weekend at Morison's supermarket! Oh, that was in Gibraltar - makes you sick! Apparently it was 69p the week before.

Wasn't there an increase in fuel duty of 2% when the VAT was reduced to 15% - has it been reduced since it went back up? Don't think so!

Incidentally, the road tax is 32 euros for the year for my twingo! However, we want to import our UK reg 2001 Mecedes ML 500 (with LPG conversion- 62.7 euros/L) into Portugal - worth at the most £8K in UK, been quoted 32000 euros for Portugals illegal import duty if we don't qualify for "free" importation (difficult!) - the Portuguese pay an annual fine to EU for this activity against EU laws, but they make a profit!

Irfan Mulla April 14, 2010

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petrol price gone up becuase of labor goverment.i think we only paying more fule duty than other country.petrol price effect evrything specialy food as india petrol price is very low i think INDIAN RUPS 54 in pound like (70p)per i think goverment shoud reduse fuel duty.

Gwenda Bull April 14, 2010

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The price of petrol is disgusting. I think very carefully now before I make a journey and try to get several essential things at the same time. Why are we charged so much tax? We cannot get to the shops so that affects the economy which is not very good for the country. I have an OAP pass but have to walk quite a way to the bus stop. Cars are essential for people living in fairly remote places so why it is always the motorist who is being hit.

Kay Souissi April 14, 2010

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I am retired & live on a fixed income. i cannot afford the high cost of petrol any longer. last year i used my car daily now I can only afford to use my car when i do the weekly shop. My quality of life is greatly reduced.I think i shall have to sell my car soon!

Ray Jefferson April 14, 2010

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>I use my car for commuting to and from work where it is essential due to an

>infrequent bus service .

>I also use it to visit friends and family and to keep in touch.

>I think it is disgusting that the prices aqre going up again .

>In this area which is tourist reliant, the petrol prices ALWAYS go up a couple

>of days before Easter and the summer holidays as they know that holiday makers

>will be coming here, to fill their 4X4s ,boats and Jetskis etc,in their

>hundreds.But it rarely goes down again.


Steve Tennant April 14, 2010

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its getting absolutely ridiculous, i have to travel 80 miles a day getting to work and back as its the only place i can get any kind of decent and stable work, its difficult for me to relocate at the mo but its something i will have to consider at some point, again though not the issue its getting to the stage where i will have to quit the job as i wont be able to afford to go to work and be better off on the dole and scum off society which to be honest i hate doing, i think as a country like we diod last time start the blockades again and bring the country to a halt for a few days its the only way that the government will listen, they did last time people power always wins when we stand together united which we just dont do anymore

Jack Foster. April 14, 2010

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The price of a litre of Unlead fuel, where I live, is £121.9, but Ten miles away at a small filling station it is still £119.9 a litre.

Joe Brine April 14, 2010

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Hello, I think it's awful how the bankers keep giving themselves bonuses with our money and the government funds its Expenses with OUR MONEY taxes.
I don't think any political party is worthy of my vote they all need to seriously think about who puts them in a job and who they are suppose to make decisions for!!!!
Thanks for the chance for a short rant.

P.S. Bring our Troops HOME

Kellerman April 14, 2010

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Yeah, blockades, that's the ticket. We'll ignore that they achieved absolutely nothing back in September 2000.

Gillian Fraser April 14, 2010

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All that this Government seems to want to do is tax the drivers and the smokers to make people stop using their cars (as it is better for the environment) and to stop smoking but were will they make up the shortfall from the revenue that they will loose - that's right more taxes not to mention more unemployed cause if you can't afford to run a car then you can't afford to buy a car so what would be the use of having car showrooms?

I like most other people use my car to take my son to school and back and for me to get the work and back. If we had to use public transport we would have to leave the house before 7.00am to get to school for 9.00am, yet we only live 6 miles from the school and then for me to go the additional 3 miles from the school to my work would take me another 30-45 minutes yet using the car my son is at school within 30 minutes and me at work under 10 minutes.

What would the Government do if nobody could afford the fuel to fill their cars to get to work?

If all MP's plus the PM had to pay for their own fuel then the taxes wouldn't be so high but seeing as we are paying it for them they don't care.

Don't forget fuel prices rise - public transport fares rise, cost of food rises, etc etc etc

Jeanette Turnbull April 14, 2010

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i agree with the person who say block the ports the cities @refinery we should bring the county to a stand still then the gov might take notice of us instead of just sitting about doing nothing am sure if the snow can bring london to a stand still so can we we should do it on voting day just to make sure we do get heard

Kellerman April 14, 2010

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Chris Macleod: No, because different forecourts have different margins, and then there are associated complications such as provider, distance from the nearest refinery and customer base. You wouldn't expect beer to be the same price everywhere, the same is true of petrol and diesel.

Incidentally, China's persistent growth in oil imports has meant another squeeze is in the line-up for diesel around the globe. Be prepared to see the differential between petrol and diesel get wider as the likes of Europe (with a high percentage of diesel cars, along with the traditional haulage trucks) will have to bid against Chinese industry.

Chris Macleod April 14, 2010

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Oh for 120p a litre, I'm paying 128p in the Highlands. Shouldn't petrol be the same price the lenght and breadth of the country?

Kellerman April 14, 2010

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Eirwen Hyde: You need to crunch the numbers on bio-fuels first. There is simply no way the UK can be self-sufficient on it, and still feed itself at the same time. Even cellulosic ethanol would be horribly expensive and not even meet the under two million barrels of oil a day the UK requires to function.

That also doesn't factor in the horrible EROEI regarding bio-fuel crops that could be cultivated in our climate. You'd only get barely above break even, so may as well not bother wasting the diesel needed to produce them.

Don't you wonder why everyone has gone quiet on the whole issue?

April Campbell April 14, 2010

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well not only have the goverment now made me redundant from being a senior staff nurse for the past 29 years now its put up the price of petrol so that even the job im trying to train for is gonna be expensive. Im trying to be a motorcycle instructor so i wonder what the goverment has next instore for me. Maybe remove all the cash i have and put me on the streets. Thanks alot

Claire Goodwin April 14, 2010

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I live in a village accessed by buses every couple of hours as opposed to every 10 minutes, therefore my car is essential as i don't have access to any other kind of transport.
I recently took voluntary redundancy from a well paid job as my wage would not cover the ever increasing price of petrol along side nursery fees. (I commuted 60 miles round trip). When i first started working there petrol was £0.69 per liter. My wages haven't increased at the same rate of petrol. So now we one income down and are paying increased living costs.
We often see the French on the news bringing the country to a stand still to oppose such price increases yet i've not seen anything on the news this last month abount the prices at the pumps hitting £1.20.... WHY?

Carol Whild April 14, 2010

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I can't help but agree that the current prices of petrol are an outrage, we included are struggling enough to balance our finances and this is yet another headache for everyone in what is already a very difficult time financially.

Keep up the good work Brendan it is very much apreciated.

Alan Miney April 14, 2010

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I Know it has been suggested in the past but boycott just one of the fuel companies and they will complain to government and get more done than all the population of the UK. Follow this up with fuel protests and demonstations, its time for the fuel escalator to end. If government wants to pay for schools, hospitals and police they should be upfront with taxation policy instead of putting more duty on fuel.

Andy Wagg April 14, 2010

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Strange how these oil companies make such big profits when there is no money to be made refining, they must be rolling around with laughter at us.

Most of us have no realistic choice other than to use a car. As they know full well, the motorist will just pay as we always do. Whether its to the oil companies or the chancellor.

Mike Ellis April 14, 2010

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I use my vehicle for company business and rely on current government mileage allowance alone to cover fuel and all running costs. When are these mileage allowances being reviewed?

Lisa April 14, 2010

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My car is my legs and with out it im stuck in.I am having to go out less as the cost is just getting to much.Why are we having to pay so much for it?I cannt afford to be without my car but also cannt afford to be running it.

Fiona Bull April 14, 2010

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Why do the politicians always attack the people who have to use their cars to go to work!!!! We are getting fed up of this. the more we pay for petrol the less money we have to spend on anything else so that will raise the taxs again!!!!!!! when will it ever stop????

Brian Tinn April 14, 2010

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I think if every body casts they votes against labour, and stuffs it to them, the other partys my think twise next time. As a self employed joiner, not driving, just can not be done, with the tools i carry, and if I did what the polatiction do and fiddle my expensess Iwould end up behind bars, and not the ones they claim for.

Cheryl Cliff April 14, 2010

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I have had to start driving even more now I have started my new job although I am getting the money back that is meant to cover wear and tear. It needs to stop I saw a petrol station put up there prices by 2p in 6 hours! As much as I don't want it to happen I think something drastic is going to have to happen to get people to start taking notice and a fuel stike is the only way. It's been 10 years since the last one and we need to get our voice heard before to many business can't carry on and unemployment rises even more

Barrie Ashworth April 14, 2010

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I agree with many posters in so much that we should all take action. Let us boycott BP and Shell stations, maybe that will force them to reduce prices and the others will follow. OK this may only be temporary because if/when prices do come down people will go back to their old habits and prices will go up again.At least it will show the oil companies that we can take action, it might make them think. This means that we may take a hit in other ways e.g. If BP/Shell share prices suffer then pensions could reduce etc., but maybe I am just getting a little carried away here. I also think that after the election we should write to our MP's and tell them that we simply do not accept the need to raise tax on fuel any further. If we all do it they may take notice. There are actions we can take , let's do it.

Shilpesh Patel April 14, 2010

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Its a right royal pa.n - not only direct impact to your pocket but also the indirect impact.

No doubt transport costs heating etc all go up in line with this adding to the overall cost of living going up.

When does it end when we run out of oil !

I'm getting on my bike but can't take the family of five on it unfortunately

Paul April 14, 2010

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It really annoys me when I see idiots filling up at expensive trunk road filling stations when there are much cheaper stations only a short distance away. Why pay 124p for a litre of fuel and complain about it when you could have driven a couple of mile up the road and paid 117p? That's a saving of £4.20 on a 60 litre tank of petrol, that could take you at least an extra 40 miles! It's worth driving a little out of your way to find cheaper fuel.

David James April 14, 2010

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I believe that the best course of action is to devide and conquor the Fuel Companies thyemselves.
We should take action against individual companies (BP is the most agressive pricer and made excessive profits at our expense) simply DO NOT BUY FROM A BP STATION until they reduce their prices to a resonable level, I leave the level & period to be decided by cleverer people than I. This way we inconvenience only BP not ourselves or industry.

Raymond Patrick Mcgarry April 14, 2010

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My spend per week is around £25 just to get my shopping done, and that of a disabled neighbor. I use a 60/40 mix of diesel/bio diesel, which gives me better fuel economy. Why do we have to pay diesel price increases in line with petrol increases? They don't seem to do that in Europe, and we are part of the Common Market, aren't we? Last year, the price of crude fell - but I didn't notice any fall in prices at the pumps. Perhaps the government ought to apply a windfall tax on the oil companies like it eventually did with the bank bonus scandal. Prices go up and up, because here in the UK we've been 'trained' not to complain. I wholeheartedly agree with a national fuel protest.

Michael Sargent April 14, 2010

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Alas, if the price for unleaded went up to £1.40 or £1.50 most motorists would pay because we are either too apathetic or, sadly, stupid. In some EU nations prices rises of this magnitude would generate protests and if they do not meet with government reaction, the protests would become effectively vociferous for government to do something. This would never ever happen in this placid nation. Fortunately for our governments – as well as oil companies - we like to be kicked in the rear and mumble into our cold tea about the unfairness of things.

To state the obvious, our prices now are mainly going up because of a weak pound; they never come down with much alacrity when it is the other way round.

But what does make a nonsense is the trading in futures. Speculators have been known to bid excessively for a mere 1,000 tonnes of crude. This ratchets up prices for many reasons ranging from skulduggery through defensive action and to programmed computers. This happens in all quarters: see how the trading in shares daily moves prices up and down – not by much, but when multipliers are in millions, it makes for a nice fat bonus – which the Lib Dems and no other party propose to tax fairly.

If a sensible government had true concern for us out here, they would tighten up speculation on all commodities. This is what we should demand. After all, dear Gordon B has admitted that there was not enough control on speculating bankers meddling with mucky mortgages and hints (not too loudly) that there will be firmer control in that area. Could a future prime minister be induced to bottle up speculation – even “save the world” by getting other nations to follow suit?

Leigh Birch April 14, 2010

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Badly managed Government ripping us off in mega taxes together with greedy big business, what chance do we stand as it all a knock on effect whether or not you drive or use the generally poo public transport!

Charles Shelbourne / Budget Marquees April 14, 2010

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I have a 2.2 litre petrol zafira which does 32mpg on average, but when I am pulling my trailer I get 27 mpg. I run a small business hiring marquees (we sell them too), and the car is only needed Fridays and Mondays mainly, from April to October - that's 52 days a year.
I cannot manage with a smaller car as it wouldn't be strong enough for this short period of work use, so I am paying through the nose for expensive fuel, road tax (£225 pa), just for this.
I thought that having a 7-seater for my large family (4 kids) would be encouraged by the govt, but no they increase it. But bikers who run a single engine per person have reduced tax to pay!
Our local price is now £5.50 a gallon. I cannot afford to put the top grade fuel in.
Local Beer is evn more bl**dy expensive @ £24 per gallon. Five times more expensive - can you believe it? It's all wrong - time to leave the country before I get beaten up by some mindless thug, made that way by the government's lack of support for community social networking offered by pubs and its customers.

J M Jones April 14, 2010

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I am cross that prices have risen again and especially as there really is no need for the rise - oil has not gone up that much per barrel. What puts the prices up are the Supermarkets - if there is strong competition then the price comes down but if not then the Supermarket will charge whatever they want. I know this as Tesco were keeping their prices low where I live but when visiting relatives in Suffolk where there was little competition with other Supermarkets the price was considerably higher! Fortunately I drive economically - I really have no need to put my foot down as other drivers do - but the price rise does mean that I can't use my car quite so often - my journey will really have to be important! Public transport?? Useless!!!!

Anne Callagher April 14, 2010

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I live in a rural area, am retired and have had a heart attack. The only way to get about is by car, the nearest bus route is on the main road, three miles away and I can't walk that far. As my income is fixed I have no choice but to use the car less. Why can't the politicians realise we can't all live in towns and cities and some of us don't want to.

Frank Walsh April 14, 2010

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Hi Brenden, Thanks for the info'on your site. For those that don't know you personally. I will inform them that for such a busy & talented man in great demand by many I just can't believe you have the time for this very valuable service. I suppose, as usual her indoors is doing her share !!

More power to your pen.

Regards, Frank.

Keith Roberts April 14, 2010

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I think that there is a world-wide conspiracy to reduce the population by a hundredth of what there is now. Famine will be the next attack with water shortages. The powers that be will provide for themselves.
Yes it seems a silly pronouncement but we are all being distracted from reality. Foolish people are bringing us down.
Well you did ask!

Maureen Paterson April 14, 2010

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I notice that main parties (apart from the SNP) are speaking very little about the tax on fuel. Maybe they think we haven't noticed the obscene price or are we just immune now?

Pam Vermiglio April 14, 2010

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I have no option to drive as it is what i do for a living. We run a small minibus company the cost of filling up the small minibus as gone up by £25.00 since last year. I think a fuel protest is needed.

Pam Vermiglio April 14, 2010

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I totally agree we need to do fuel protest.and do it now before the election.
We run a small family minibus travel company. The increases have had a dire affect on us. we are struggling to survive. This time last year it cost £75.00 to fill up the small minibus it now costs closer to £100.

Michael Smith April 14, 2010

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Price of fuel obviously doesn't bother the hundreds of drivers on the A1 this weekend,most were travelling way above 70 so weren't getting the best fuel consumption.

Anthony Bragg April 14, 2010

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From the begining of the year full oil tankers have been anchoring in inlets alround the coast of this country waiting for the price of fuel to rise. I guess if I owned a fuel tanker thats what I would be doing! There must be some way that the government could tackle this, which is straight forward profiteering. Perhaps they could find some way of taxing this fuel which is effectively in storage.

Michael O'rourke April 14, 2010

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I agree that the silly price increase, almost daily, should be an election issue. If the price is to rise substantially above £1.20, then the Road tax should be abolished. At least everyone would pay their fair share of tax.

L.l Mitcham April 14, 2010

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It's ridiculous. Prices seem to be going up virtually daily. Yet they never go down when oil prices fall. People just aren't earning enough to keep up with it, when fuel prices push the cost of everything else up too. I used to go out a lot more than I do now as a direct result of the cost of fuel. I think there should be some kind of protest, people in this country don't kick up enough fuss.

Alec Williams April 14, 2010

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We are OAP`s living in remote village where public transport cannot get us to Doctor`s Dentist`s or any other appointments . We need our car for essential journies and are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the diesel.

G April 14, 2010

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this is getting beyond a joke now! lets do something proactive

John Oliver April 14, 2010

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I am in two minds about these increases. I am definitely for higher prices to cut consumption, and hopefully reduce demand. I think increased and increasuing fuel duty is a good way to proceed on that front.
However if its going to line the pockets of the BIG OIL companies then I am clearly opposed to that. if that is happening then we should tax the excess profits.
It is up to us to get our economy sorted out after the disgusting greed of the Banks, and to ensure they can not do it again.
I am driving more slowly and am more conscious of the possibility of unnecessary journeys.
A change of government should help as whoever gets in cannot continue to pretend to ignore the gaping hole in our country's finances.

David Ridgway April 14, 2010

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Like some of the other comments, for me public transport is not an option. I have to travel over fifty miles a day to get to and from my work.

What as happend to the fuel protesters? Have government come to some secret deal with the haulage industry to keep them sweet?

Geoffrey Rushton April 14, 2010

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As a company car driver who does a fair amount of short distance trips as part of my job, the cost of fuel against the HMRC rate of 11p per miles means it is costing me personally £1.05 for every gallon of fuel I use. Averaging 40 miles per gallon is extremely difficult around town and covering 400 miles per month is costing me £10.50 to do my job!

Dawn Roberts April 14, 2010

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We are a small subcontract business in North Wales employing 6 staff. Industrial building work is our trade and much contract work has been shelved. The work we are able to get is over in Birmingham and the prices for the work has been slashed back to 1999 prices. We have minimum wages to adhere to and the increased travel time for work and on top of that we have the diesel price hike. We are just breaking even running the business after paying all overheads. We are now living on our savings. We feel so vulnerable now as a small business, we do not want to lose our staff as so many businesses have already done so. The governement are not helping businesses like ours at all, the increase in fuel is crippling us. We are in desparate times and the government havnt a clue how we are struggling.
Glad to be able to comment.

Sachin April 14, 2010

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If you consider the money going into the government coffers per litre you buy, you will not find it so surprising as to why the government does not want to act on it.

All the "Big 3" party election manifestos have been made public now - does any party really care about these things that matter the most to "common" public? I think NOT. I know who is getting my vote this time around...

I have, out of no choice, cut down on my car travels and now use it only when required. I am sure a lot of people would say this is something you should have done before, but I say better late than never !

Mann April 14, 2010

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The fuel tax need to stabilize for few years as it is a resourse of funds for goernment for its inefficiency. That must stop and fuel tax must come in line with EU. What is happening in UK is accepted quietly.

Alan Trueman April 14, 2010

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As a pensioner I am devasted by the ever rising fuel prices. My actual income now is roughly the same as it was in 1980! Taking into account all of the inflation over the last 30 years you can see that I have never been worse off in my life and there is no prospect of it improving. I would bet that directors and shareholders of the oil companies cannot say the same. We basically, at the poorer end of the spectrum, suffer evermore from the greed of those able to control our destinies, but there seems to be nothing we can do to stop them. As it is, my lot will only improve when i am consigned to 'pushing up the daisies'

Eirwen Hyde April 14, 2010

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Like Ian West - Blog 9725 I often wonder when an alternative fuel will be derived, like from plants (rapeseed oil etc) to stop us being held to ransom by the oil barons and Government. But, of course, I realise now that will NEVER happen, as where would this greedy Government get all their lovely lolly from then?

They harp on about green issues and environmental pollution etc, BUT the newer cars and lorries etc being made today are SOOOOOOO green it is almost not true. My husband, a lorry driver, has to take his truck for regular services and checks etc and when the ministry checked his truck over, they couldn't even get a reading from the exhaust, it was that clean!!! So, don't be hoodwinked with the environmental bit, that only applies to the really old buses and vehicles that are spewing out the black smoke, and something needs to be done about that! As for boycotting certain garages selling certain types of brand of fuel, it won't work, it never does.

We all need to have a major uprising in this country to show Mr Clown (sorry, Brown) who is really in charge. It is OUR country, it is OUR money they have been wasting or stealing and it is up to US to show them what we want, and how we want it done. They are working for US, not the other way around, and it is time they were all reminded of that and NOW. Of course, the other way is to vote on election day, and make sure you vote for the right party!

Another day of Clown and his dancing bears is a day too much for my stomach, thanks. I hope you are taking notes! They cannot add up, their sums don't match, all they can do is rob the workers, not the shirkers and to keep increasing fuel duty goes beyond the pale.

If anyone is staging a protest march across the country, count me in! I will be there.

Nitesh April 14, 2010

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fuel protest is the only way to make then see what frustration we carry.

Dave Cave April 14, 2010

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I'm in Georgia, USA until the end of August. Here they are complaining because fuel has gone up to around $1.70 a gallon.
Back in Abergele it costs me about £55 to fill my car (a Zaphira) here I am driving a Cherokee Jeep with a bigger tank and it cost me $25 (around £16) Just to let you know I really appreciate the regular information from you. Regards
Dave Cave

Lynsey Hutchins April 14, 2010

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I think it is disgracful and selfish!
how is students suppose to pay for this aswell as insurance an their car.
I pay 140 for my car a month and 70 a month 4 my insurance! by the time thats paid i cant use it.
i think this is mainly down to the greed of money on the governments behalf. they messed it up.

Robert Welsby April 14, 2010

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I am not an economist ,but it seems to me that if any of the political parties want to guarantee that they will get in this time ,the fuel issue is the main debating point as it affects almost everything we do. They are all banging on about trying to get us out of this financial situation and how cutting this and spending that will work. Why don't they just cut 50p a litre from the price. Everybody will benefit. Businesses will be able to transport goods cheaper, making our shopping cheaper, unemployed will be able to travel to find jobs, etc etc. Our whole economy will get a huge shot in the a**e and on the back of that we will spend more because we have more to spend. Even the foreign lorry drivers would fill up over here, helping our economy!!

Laura Wackett April 14, 2010

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Like most people, I am not driving any less as I need my car to get to work. Public transport is not an option as it would take far longer with many changes of either bus or train. I already do all the things suggested to save money & reduce fuel consumption (i.e check tyres regularly, never carry more than neccesary) I'm always on the lookout for the cheapest petrol station without having to go out of my way. I too am noticing the increase in price each time I fill up. With the recession still affecting many people many did not receive any pay rises at work because of this (myself being one). I think the prices are ridiculous. We already pay enough to keep our cars on the road!! I do find that during school holidays the roads are much clearer of traffic. If only parents did not drive their kids to school and sent them locally or let them get buses I'm sure we would all move alot quicker and save fuel too!!

David Rumble April 14, 2010

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We had 2 cars which seemed a waste of money now as our needs had gone down and fuel prices have been increasing all year. We were able to take part in scrappage scheme and this enabled us to take a new 1.2 Clio with all latest benefits from a 1.6 Clio and selling other 02 reg Fiat Punto private.

So far we have done 1300 miles and fuel costs works at about £15 week at 44MPG over 10 weeks. Being pensioners we also have bus passes and I think they will get more use now as we are lucky although routes are very limited so car will still do most work. So far have not heard one comment from any party offering to reduce motoring costs. In fact the savings in road tax/ car Insurance I had planned for have now been eroded by fuel costs.

Can only hope things will one day get better !

Mike Roberts April 14, 2010

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In Tenerife last week i was paying less than 80c litre from memory, and they have to import all of their fuel, whereas we have refineries. It seems to me that the Government, for whom I have about as much repsect as muggers and rapists, are using the hike in fuel as a method for reducing the number of cars on the road. It is far easier and far less newsworthy to keep fuel prices high than to introduce formal road pricing. If public transport was a truly viable option then perhaps I would feel less agrieved.

Bruce Wilson April 14, 2010

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Most people can't drive much less than they do - but can probably still manage to cut out some journeys. If we all can drive even a little bit less it will have a supply & demand effect on the oil companies and supermarkets who will in turn be encouraged to lower their prices, or at least hold them.
But most of the price is in tax so making it a larger election issue should help.

Pam Dewey April 14, 2010

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I use my bus pass whenever I can, even to get to the airport and back (what a saving!) but my daughter, whose partner is out of work, cannot do this and can afford only to put in about £10 at a time. When you have 2 children this is not a wise option as she is always worrying about running out of petrol, and running the tank so low is not doing her engine any good. If pensions, salaries and benefits were to increase in comparison with fuel prices we would not moan, but gradually our quality of life is being affected. When I was a child we used to go out for a Sunday drive - who can afford such luxuries these days?

Ian Fletcher April 14, 2010

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Hi Brendan
>Ian Fletcher here, I live in Lower Largo in Scotland, I am 69 (on Sat) I live
>here in the village with my wife Liz, We have five children, 10 grand children
>and 1 great grandchild.
>I am not in the best of health, I can only walk short distances like 20 meters,
>so I rely on my car to get around, but due to the rising cost of petrol I find
>we have to use it less and less.
>Two of our kids live in Warrington one in Forres and my grand daughter is in
>Weston s mare, so we never get to see them, our first grandchild is being
>christened on Sunday 11th but we just can't afford to go it would cost to much
>in fuel. train is no good, it took me an hour to cross from one platform to
>another in Edinburgh.
>I'm sure there are many like me who rely on there cars and without them would
>stuck in the house slowly going mad.

Stuart Traquair April 14, 2010

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I think it is mad how the government can add more tax onto an already over taxed product. With 2 dollars to the pound, and the price of fuel in the states less than 4 dollars A GALLON, at the HIGHEST, its not the fuel companies.

I tend to drive alot slower making my fuel go further, doing 55-60mph on the motorway. I'm now down to less than 10p a mile with my 1.9 turbo diesel. It just takes a little bit of sence and road awareness to make this work!

Andrew Musson April 14, 2010

report reply to Andrew Musson is a great way to find cheaper local petrol. But just because I don't want to pay over the odds for petrol, doesn't mean I think petrol should be cheap. Petrol is probably bad (pollution, global warming) and should be taxed. I'm fed up of fuel protesters who i think are pretty stupid. What do they want to happen? Fuel tax down. Then what? Income tax up or less hospitals and schools? At the end of the day the govt has to balance the books.

Barbara Seller-loxley April 14, 2010

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I try to drive less, but generally I go to and from work every day, that's it.

Public transport is out of the question, 3 buses one takes 45 minutes to do 7 miles, (at a cost of £5+ return) I wouldn't even like to guess the other two to travel 10 miles, and the price would be more than the fuel cost

The goverment have us by the short and curlies, most of us do not have an option other than to pay

We only run one car and the fuel is eating about £250 a month of our budget, its madness

Paul Jarvis April 14, 2010

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If I can save 3 to 4 pence per litre, then this gives me a better rate of return than my cash ISA at current rates given my annual mileage.

David Hammond April 14, 2010

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The government give help to the disabled as far as parking goes and road tax, but I think they could have some sort of assistance for cheaper fuel for us too. I can only physically work part time and I need my car to get around, yet One third of my wages goes on diesel. I get mobility, but because I cannot work full time, I rely on this to help me live and therefore cannot afford a mobility car

Chris Warren April 14, 2010

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I am a domescilliary carer. My job is to visit people and care for thm in their own homes. I am on little more than the national minimum wage, and recieve no fuel or travel allowance. The fuel price at the moment is knocking a big hole in my wages and I am battling to support myself. I feel that the fuel increases are an unfair tax on a sector which is already ander pressure due to poor wages!

Zena Spry April 14, 2010

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Once again the British public are being held to ransom by the oil companies and the Government that has brought us all to many stealth taxes. I agree, we must be heard, before we all buckle under the weight of those who will take advantage of us as business people and working famillies of this country. I fear there is a sense of apathy, even impotency when faced with unscrupulous fat cat Oil companies and the workings of Parliament.
As a family, we no longer have days out because of the cost of petrol - the crippling cost of living prevents us from even considering holidays abroad - not much joy when we all work so hard. Count me in for a fight!

John Folland April 14, 2010

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It`s not the petol stations fault. We have a government that knows we have to use our vehicles, so whatever tax they put on it we have to pay. It will not matter who gets into power, we foot the bill. People are trying to find work and i know of a few people who could not take up a job due to the distance they would have to travel and no public transport to help. The Chancellor only put 1p on to prices and will put on the other 2p over the year because he was frightened what would happen at the General Election, this gives us the clue what to do. When your MP comes calling wanting your vote, tell you will vote for the Party that keeps the tax on fuel inline with other countries. Any Party that gives me that and stops waisting our tax on stupid things will get my VOTE.

Rogelia Louise April 14, 2010

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It is definite. Politicians are not here for the people. They are here for the benefits to be had for themselves. The only 'hands on pol is the one with both hands in the till, or expense account, or jobs for the wife and kids. The greedier ones have had us pay for their ducks. In the news last week, there was a photo of three of them, one with the juices of his last dinner still running down his chops, begging for, and apparently receiving, legal aid for their thieving. You can call that justice if you want. Meanwhile, I cannot even sell my car, even though I can no longer afford to put petrol in it.

Derek Pretty April 14, 2010

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Can we expect anything else from our MP's, they seem to be only concerned about looking after themselves , and **** the rest of us.
It's a wonder that they haven't claimed the fuel costs in their expenses.

Paul Gaskell April 14, 2010

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On May 1st everyone should boycott ALL PETROL STATIONS no buying petrol no stopping off for cigarettes, complete and utter boycott.

This Government, past and present and future Governments see petrol as an easy way not only to make revenue but also to price the working man off the road.

the petrol is so high that many cannot afford to use their cars, what about the elderly who depend on their cars to get around, the workers that use their cars to go to work at odd hours and workplaces off the public transport routes, no one gives that a thought.

a penny on petrol add to that the percentage in tax and then vat content and you end up with 3p on petrol.


Paul Cummings April 14, 2010

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Something has to be done as this is taking the P**S and the country can not sustain its growth out of this recession at this rate. We have to act know or future goverments will keep the prices high. Paul

Ian West April 14, 2010

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As a 30,000 mile a year driver, I too feel the pain, but it seems to me that, much as I dislike fuel duty, if I didn't pay the tax on fuel it would only be levied on some other necessity - right now the UK is in a deep financial hole (for whatever reason) so my pocket will be hit to help clear the problem.
It seems to me the fuel companies need to be asked to contribute significantly to clearing the national deficit, given the income they now take from fuel sales.
Also, when are alternative fuels really going to be developed to be a viable alturnative to oil?

William Neil Plant April 14, 2010

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I tow a caravan, and my vehicle of choice is a toyota landcruiser 3litre turbo deisel,my choice is based on nessessity,because of the weight of my caravan,
again my choice.But i am finding the cost of running the outfit,extremely
prohibitive:must i change my life style to accommodate stupid fuel prices
and will it help to vote out this brainless labour government?
regards neil plant

John Busbridge April 14, 2010

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Because of this government I can no longer afford the fuel to visit my daughter and as we live in a rural area other transport is not an option. My pension does not increase enough to cover even the bills that have to be paid let alone the thieving increases applied by this so called labour government to Fuel.

Martin Paylor April 14, 2010

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As there is no direct or time convenient public transport to my place of work I use my car to commute to which is approximately 200 miles per week, not a lot compared to some, however I am seriously considering terminating my contract as its starting to become increasingly more expensive to get to work. Petrol prices are rising, cost of living is on the up, car tax, motor insurance etc etc but my salary, which is below £20k is not going up at the same rate.

Why is the tax on fuel so high compared to the rest of Europe? A huge round of applause to Mr Gordon Brown MP for pulling the plug on the country.

Jon Jackson April 14, 2010

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As a Retained Firefighter who relies on his car to get to the fire station to answer calls, I am finding it increasingly hard to be able to afford to do my job with the ridiculous amount I am having to pay for diesel. This could one day cost someone there life.

Michael Nadal April 14, 2010

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This is now becoming a major problem in my life and is causing great heartache in terms of the volunteering that I do outside of my work.

I coach in grass roots football and travel 1000's of miles doing so and the surge is now causing me to have to reconsider whether I can carry on coaching and giving up my time to keep youngsters healthy and off the street.

All in all everyone loses out here!

Peter Jackson April 14, 2010

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Last year I changed my petrol car a deisel to save on the increase fuel cost,
and have further reduced the business mileage, therefore my overall expenditure has only seen a slight increase. Deisel appears now to be on a par with unleaded petrol. Over the last 12 months I have been surprised that a "fuel protest" has not taken place, at the way this government has increased the levy on our fuel, which in the end increases all transportation costs. Furthermore when Vat was reduced in December 2008 this government added vat loss onto the duty, but failed to remove this when the vat returned to 17.5%. It's alaways the poor motorist who suffer. I'm now pleased I made the switch from petrol to deisel.

Jsmills April 14, 2010

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Dont think the cut in fuel duty will lead to lower prices. The fuel companies know what we are prepared to pay and will put the price up accordingly

Micheal April 14, 2010

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I had no words when i seen price in petrol station , stealing money off are pockets

Pamela April 14, 2010

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I wish I could use less petrol but I can't. I haven't had a pay rise in a few years and extra petrol cost is cutting into my other budgets. I'm looking at reducing the cost of all my other outgoings to compensate. I really cant see the prices of fuel coming down and we will probably have to sit tight and grin & bear it :-( It's all VERY frustrating!!!

Bill Roberts April 14, 2010

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Same as everyone else, I think we're being ripped off. When the price of petrol is already going up, why does the chancellor raise fuel duty? We're all struggling, wouldn't buy from my local Tesco's as they've got the highest petrol prices in the area?? How does that work??
I agree to a protest. Difficult to organise I know but a prolonged ban of purchases from one supplier, be it Shell, BP, Esso or Total would dip their revenues and then lets see where that would go.
And as a quick aside, yes this government has bankrupt the country, but then doesn't Labour always do the same?
Bill R

Lee Tams April 14, 2010

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At the end of the day why should the cost of fuel be reduced by the so called british governement.

I need to drive to work everyday from Stafford to Coventry as this is my place of work. Yes I have a company car but I have to pay for all my private mileage which driving to Coventry is classed. I do not have the option to claim any of this cost back from the company.

What I should have done if I had been abit smarter is become an MP raise taxes as much as possible, watch everyone who works there knackers off in the Country suffer and continue to fill in my Expenses form in at the end of each month claiming for not only 5 houses but all the fuel I have used.

The so called "Leader of the Country" (I use this term very loosely) Gordon Brown not only gets paid a fortune, never has to worry about the rise in fuel due to the fact we are paying for it for him.!

John Warren April 14, 2010

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I provide my own car for my employer to carry out my job. There is an aggreement with the inland revenue that drivers in this situation would receive a tax free milage allowance of 40p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile thereafter in each financial year.

This figure was determined when petrol & diesel were around 70p per litre and has never changed.

As I drive some 25,000 mile per year it means that I, and many other people in a similar situation (including volentary drivers) are seriously out of pocket.

It is high time that the allowance was increased in line with the motoring costs.

Peter Bond April 14, 2010

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The high prices have come at the wrong time for me. I am undergoing hospital treatment. This involves approximately 25 visits. Having said that the trip from Dereham to the N & N is only 20 minutes.

longer term it does not cause me too much of a problem as mileage is quite low.

Bernard Phillips April 14, 2010

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I suppose i`m like some people who have long since the1990`s gone to the pumps & put in £10, 15, 20. That way you dont feel the pinch. But now with rocketing prices the effect is filling up more often, watching the gauge go down quicker and those pleasure trips are much more closer to home.
Oh for for the days when you could fill your tank with the change in your pocket.

Clive Mb April 14, 2010

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The oft quoted saying "rip-off britain" comes to mind...again! As motorists, we are an easy target for an inept and incompetant government. Road tax that hasnt been used for road maintenance since Churchill took it in the last war and ever increasing levels of fuel tax and an easy way to raise money. This will go on and on until "we" come to our senses and "do" something about it. I guess the only way at present is more protests. It would be good to stop buying for a while, but that is unrealistic and many folk rely on their transport for work and indeed in rural areas for any sort of transport at all!

Will it change? I doubt it!

Joanna Kay April 14, 2010

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Fuel prices affect me quite a lot and there is nothing more I can do to reduce the cost of my motoring. My relatives all live 60+ miles away from me. My mother and brother are 120 miles away and my eldest daughter about 200 miles away. Am I expected to stop visiting them?

I drive a Vauxhall Corsa which is OK but I would prefer a bigger safer car for the long journeys that I do but I cannot afford to do so.

I think the Government should cut the fuel duty to help the British public and businesses who are deeply affected by rising fuel costs and are then forced to pass that cost onto the public by increasing the price of the goods that they sell.

Andrew Ashman April 14, 2010

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At the moment I car share to work, if I didnt and fuel prices go up any more I will not be able to afford to get to work !!! Something needs to be done!!! When I started in this job fuel was 85p/lit, now £1.20 & we have not had a pay rise in years.

Jake Ratnayake April 14, 2010

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The price is constantly rising at the moment. I think the only way something will change is when the lorry drivers strike, until then they will keep taking advantage of us motorists.

Philip Smith April 14, 2010

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I live partly in England, partly in France

Currently both diesel and petrol prices are the same per litre at 119p (Urban service stations)

In France diesel is at E1.13 and petrol E.130. These prices are the best available (urban supermarkets). The £ equivalent is 1,00 and 1.15 respectively.

So, as a diesel user, I am please to see that the penal price of diesel has disappeared ,

French governments love their motorists and are less willing to offend the populace. However, the price of petrol is can be E1.50 per litre in rural areas (£1.32).

So I don't see that the French citizen is significantly beter or worse off than us.

In both countries, I have reacted by driving less and more conservatively (earlier upward gear changes, fewer dashing overtaking moves, more coasting)

We have also moved from being a two- to a one- car family (slightly, but not massively more inconvenient)

Michael Robinson April 14, 2010

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If the fuel continues to rise i will be looking to reduce the distances with which we could afford to travel to carry out our business thus letting customers down in rural areas
Is there any truth in what i have heard that fuel duty is taxed as a luxury! as i dont class filling works vehicles and going to work as a luxury

Michael Rose April 14, 2010

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Have bought a 125 motorbike, i now find this much cheaper to run & after you get used to it, it really is fun. I get about 160 miles for £6. I think if it goes up anymore we will all be walking thus putting more people on the dole!!

Barry Lamb April 14, 2010

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we are saying at is about time we did somthing about the ever growing petrol prices, so how do we get full support from the people in the country, this is what i would like to see, the whole of the country cancells there daily newspapers and no one to buy a national newspaper on the 1st monday i may, the papers would not like losing all the profits, but the next day the publicity would be world wide, and how power full would that be, no one gets hurt, there are no riots, and for once the whole of the country will be seen to be doing somthing constructive. so if we could start this rolling from here, email me your thourghts, i and the uk need everyones help, [email protected]

Kellerman April 14, 2010

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Anyone who thinks the US is getting off lightly needs to take another look. They have, on average, far longer commute distances to cover with cars that have far lower economies than any European nation (even the new CAFE standards are at least a couple decades behind what the UK has and absolutely dismal next to Japan).

Additionally, they pay little tax, but it means that when gasoline does go up to something like $4/gal., as it looks to be doing soon, then it really hurts them as the government can't do anything about the price but ask Big Oil really nicely to become a charity for a while.

Alain Essoki April 14, 2010

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These petrol prices are a great rip off for us drivers. It is extraordinary the amounts we are paying in this country for the petrol. Looking what is happening abroad in regard to this question, it is very clear that, we can get a cheaper deal if the Gov really wanted that to happen.
I don't hold my breath though!!

Ceri April 14, 2010

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i cant drive any less i need to get to college and back... ilive to far away to go on the bus and getting the bus cost more than getting the car!! The price of petrol is just getting stupid its unreal for the government to except to pay these prices.. There only goin to keep putting the prices up to get more and more money out us.... we use to say we lived in a free country but we dont anymore.. were being more and more controlled.. i think the government needs to stop spending money on themselves, stop the bonuses and there houses being paid for by us..... spend that money paying back the debt they put us in so they can lower the tax on everything....

they need to see what there doing.... if that us striking or whatever we got to do its got to be done!!! ITS INSANE

if a 19 year old can see that why cant the government!!!!

Ethan April 14, 2010

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The thing that really gets me is the fact that the government use the environment as a excuse to put fuel duty up, utter nonsense, we all know what its really for. I could understand it if every country in the world was doing this to encourage people to drive more efficiently and buy smaller cars (which im sure many of us in the UK have done to try and get the most out of a litre of fuel). However, why should we be forced to pay the guts of more £1.20 per litre for the sake of the environment, when in the USA they're paying £0.49 for petrol and £0.51 for diesel. They're the ones that should be hit hard with so called "environment taxes", they drive around in large vehicles with 5-litre V8s only getting 15mpg. While the majority of UK road users with small vehicles achieving double, treble and even better MPG than USA, can barely afford to run theirs.

Vic Gerhardi April 14, 2010

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If you are Disabled and cannot use any other form of transport except the vehicle that has been modified for your use, there is very little 'freedom of choice' on how to cut costs. Benefit rises are only based on inflation, which will mean that the freedom of leaving your house and being part of the community will be curtailed.

Let's face it, taxing the motorist is the easiest way of raising money. If this money was spent on our road repairs or infastructure, instead of building bumps and large concrete structures in the middle of the road, I'd be a happier chappy.

Talking about bumps, did any of you see that TV program that was reporting about potholes in South Africa? This farmer commented, 'See those potholes? That is the first sign of a banana republic!'

Philip Pleass April 13, 2010

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If you don't like the price of fuel, stop driving! Alternatively accept it is the price you pay for mobility.

Keith Morris April 13, 2010

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With this latest increase, I do wonder how long I will be able to carry on with the job that I have trained to do(support for deafblind people) What can be done? Surely, prices have to be properly capped. Thanks for the updates, you have been a great help for me to buy the cheapest petrol. It makes a difference to not be complaining for once!
Keith Morris

Kellerman April 13, 2010

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Scenario: You manage a fuel protest that causes the incoming government to acknowledge the high cost of fuel to commuters and hauliers, and so duty is cut effective by the next budget.

Question: Where do you think they'll recoup the lost revenue required from fuel duty to reduce the trade deficit?

This is basic economics 101, people. You can't have something for nothing, and nearly every poster in this blog must've failed to grasp this premise, because all I see are high pitched whines over how unfair life is. Don't you realise the government YOU voted in has brought about this national debt via policies agreed by the people?

If you value your jobs and current standard of living, then you I think defaulting on national debt and hyperinflation are not a good way to go. Because that's precisely what you'll get if you CUT taxes at a time when our trade deficit is growing at a phenomenal rate.

And would people stop reposting that retarded "boycott BP/Esso" chain e-mail? We don't need to perpetuate more idiocy, there's enough here as it is.

Paul April 13, 2010

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I'm fed up with the prices of fuel, it just keeps going up. I cant afford petrol which I need to get to work so I've had to cut back on types of shopping and even some foods.
I dont think it makes any difference who you vote for as they are all useles legal criminals that rob from the poor to line thier pockets, so whats next?

Ian April 13, 2010

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The whole of the uk needs to come to a stan-still before any body will LISTEN,
petrol prices in this country are one of the highest in Europe, i'm also in favor of another Fuel Protest, i boycot the highest prices at the pump and go for the cheapest and i urge every one to do the same, cut the Tax on fuel.

William April 13, 2010

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I think we should all boycot one of the big players like esso or bp. By not filling up at a BP station and just using one of the other stations it will force them to reduce the cost of fuel to be competative. You then botcot one of the others forcing them in turn to reduce the cost of fuel.

Alan Frith April 13, 2010

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i personally walk whenever possible but think the petrol prices are really really getting ridiculous and think as a nation if we all pulled together we could make a difference. i read an article the other day that suggested we all boycot the big sellers eg esso for a couple of weeks and see how they react, may do something if enough people did it and would certainly show the strength of feeling. Re the government increase, i think the politicians are to busy lining there own nests to give a damn what the general public really think, so long as they get our votes, they promise everything and deliver zilch, nothing to choose between then.

Dennis Oxford April 13, 2010

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I totally agree with Paul (8th April), we all seem to have become too complacent over this issue.When prospective candidates call around canvassing for votes let's put them on the spot over fuel taxes. Let's face it we pay their salaries, (and expenses!).
As I have no choice but to use the car to get to work, I have to cut down on pleasure trips to offset the cost of fuel which obviously affects my quality of life.
Apart from the fuel tax aspect and the value of the pound, the other cause of the problem is the fat cat speculator forcing up yhe price of oil to make a fast buck.

Melvyn Lobo April 13, 2010

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Fuel prices have been rising extremely fast and creating a large dent in my monthly outgoings. This has got to stop. I have to use my car to get to work as I work some awkward shifts and cannot depend on public transport which is no cheaper or convenient than using my car. This has to stop NOW!

Penny Mizen April 13, 2010

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yet again being penalised for using a car when there is no decent alternatives to transport.
why are we not being given the reductions in fuel when they happen? and why does it feel like we can be mugged every fill by everyone (including Tescos St Neots who's prices are higher than another Tescos in the next town)?

Janice Doidge April 13, 2010

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The crazy high price is a tax on living in the country and has a severe affect on income. I am partially self-employed but have had to cut back on the number of times I go to visit my clients in person because I simply cannot afford the fuel prices to drive there every week. In some cases it has been cut from weekly to monthly and I have lost one contract. The days I am employed it is a 25 mile round trip to work and public transport is poor and expensive so I have no choice. For others in the office it is further.

Robert Pyke April 13, 2010

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At the present rate of increase I may be forced to register one vehicle for 6 months only and store it the other half of the year, or go abroad as long as diesel is cheaper on the continent. Would a change of government do any good?!

B Whittaker April 13, 2010

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2 years ago I paid £30. pound 2 fill my car from empty now it cost me £34 pounds from half way. The not purchesing fuel for a few days sounds good to me.

Bernard Grieve April 13, 2010

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in answer to your comments fuel prices have got to the point where we have had to sell our courier vans as our clients have started usung there own vehicles and as for private vehicle we are not using them half as much due to the increase in fuel duty by the government we are now in my opion the highest taxed road users in the world, it is time the british public started to ask the questions of why the government levy such a high taxation and also allow the fuel companies to cut fuel costs as it is not the cost of crude oil that is affecting prices just the greed of both the government and thsat of the oil companies

Mick Hanna April 13, 2010

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Fuel is taxed at 71p per litre ,this has risen in tax by 6.8p per litre in the last 18 months .NO not per gallon per litre. It appears a pence per time and hopefully nobody notices the steady escalation.There is more tax following it has only been delayed for a few months until the forthcoming election is over .Obviously someone is worried about a backlash.

Dean Smith April 13, 2010

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Hi There,
I actually refuse to let this stinking government dictate to me what, when and how to drive my car, I also ride a big powerfull motorcycle, i purposely went a bought a big gas gussling yank to demonstrate this and had an lpg gas conversion, so Mr brown stick that in your pipe and smoke it, my bike actually cost me more to run than the car but as this is just my summer toy I dont care to much, I dont smoke and rarely drink, I struggle to make 32k a year, I spend and manage my money very well, I earn my money and i will choose how and when to spend it, this country is becoming more and more like the old ussr, god bless america

Lee Blewitt April 13, 2010

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i am a taxi driver in WATFORD and although it used to be the cheapest town in uk it now seems to be on a level playing field,
i fill up everyday this is not because i am busy , i feel it is cheaper ,although it is not i am just keeping my tank topped up.
we have yet to put our taxi prices up the last time was 3 years ago,catch 22 again put prices up lose customers.
so yes i am losing money every day, i was told by a customer that when this happened in spain they boycotted certain garages at certain times,i dont know if this would work if everyone boycotted ESSO for 3 days and then went on to shell who knows.
everybody this time is accepting the price rise the government sees drivers as an easy target.

James R Tinkler April 13, 2010

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As a retired disabled driver the car is my life line, the goverment should hang their heads in shame, of course they won't !!!!!!!
Someone is making a vast profit out of this, I could suggest a remedy but I would be locked up.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Jim Hughes April 13, 2010

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Like many of my colleagues my job for the last 30+ years in the water industry means I do approx 20k or more miles a year, 10k to 15k of that is business miles visiting water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants and hudreds of pumping stations at all times of the day. Public transport is not an option because the majority of sites are in the middle of nowhere. Like all utilities the cost of all business mileage goes onto yours and mine water, gas and electric bills so everyone is not just paying extortionate fuel prices to fill up their own vehicle but hundreds of utility company vehicles as well even if you only have a bus pass.

Hazel Smith-reddihough April 13, 2010

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It's another excuse to cripple the working man who needs his car. We already pay through the nose on Road Tax. The Government should cap the price that fuel can be sold for, to ensure that we are not continually overcharged. Other Countries manage far cheaper price than we do in the UK, it should be the same for all of us.

Mandy Timbrell April 13, 2010

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I am fed up with all the petrol rises, it creeps up a penny a week near where I live. I trvel to manchester every once in a while and it costs so much more to fill my car its getting ridiculous. Why are we paying so much in taxes and vat when other countries get away with it cheaper! Its a nightmare I can't afford this all the time and I am having to cut down on food!

Roger Turland April 13, 2010

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time to get rid of a goverment that prays on the motorist. You should organise a protest to get everyone not to buy fuel for one day and let the petrol companies know how we the ordinary people feel!!!!!
Or do like the French do and blockade part of the petrol companies sites.

Christopher Stephen Chance April 13, 2010

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This is a very serious issue as of prices keep rising we will be unable
to digest the increase and will have to put prices up so fuelig inflation Will our customer still want to pay more when they are earning less
I think the self employed should think aboutajor protest Dont bother to vote if fuel prices are above £1.10 for either desiel or petrol Tell government you get self employed and haulage voting if you promise £1.10 and increase linked to inflation otherwise don't ask us to vote

Matthew Smith April 13, 2010

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Im a self employed mobile car valeter, so as you can expect the rip off at the pumps really effects my working life because i need petrol to get to and move about for work and petrol to fuel my generator to use my tools etc at work. Something must be done by whatever party gets in or this small buisness could go bust.

David Hill April 13, 2010

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When I started driving petrol cost approx a shilling (5P) a litre, beer cost about 7P a pint, a made to measure suit about £15 and a mini about £500. now beer costs £3 in a pub (much more in a restaurant) a made to measure suit starts at about £500 and a mini about £15000. Many other similar comparisons can be made. Taking price inflation into account petrol prices are far from being at an all time high. Your alarmist and misleading rants really need to be challenged. There are many other products and services that are priced at an unjustifiable real all time high. you should be using your energy to expose these

Simon Butler April 13, 2010

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We need to make the government aware that we see through their ploy of using the environment as a means to rob us even more.
I agree a protest would sharpen the minds. Especially at election time.

Linda April 13, 2010

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Now retired, the weekly rise in prices is causing real hardship. Yes, I take public transport where possible (I have a Freedom Pass). But many places I cannot get to by public transport - or it would mean a whole day rather than just an hour or so. And then in the budget Gordon Brown - having made the financial state of this country far worse than it should have been (he was Chancellor remember? who sold off our gold reserves?) - adds yet more tax on the petrol. It's not just about driving our cars, everything that is delivered by road then goes up - supermarket prices are soaring. Although retired, I now work two days a week to supplement my pensions - but there is no way to get to my work without a car. It's a vicious circle.

Rex Johnson April 13, 2010

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its the govermnent who are largely responsible due to their relentless increases in tax with more to come. This from nation that exports oil !

Graham Neil April 13, 2010

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Fuel costs go up tax again risen! Why do we pay VAT on a tax?
I am realy fed up of increasing cost with no addititional income and roads in the worst condition for years. Where does all the money go to?
Now a showroom tax (Green Tax) more for the Brown Regime to squander on the non working population of this bankrupt country. Protest does not work vote your way out of this by voting for anything but the present incumbant.

M Davies April 13, 2010

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It's time for a french stlye protest, block everything, go slow on motorways, don't bother going to work, the GOV will lose taxes , as long as people stay away from work or don't use the cars the treasury may think twice about using motorists as a cash cow,
i will join the protest.

G Mealing April 13, 2010

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I beleive this is all a scam by the goverment and councils to get us to stop driving and us puplic transport more. The green issue here is just not covered .If the goverment is trying to recover all the lost money from the credit crunch by taxing us more and more on drivering, maybe the banks should start paying it all back!!
The oil companies make millions every secound and could put pressure on the suppiers if they wanted to lower prices. They will start to loose out when we stop buying it, but they do have us over a barriel in al cases if you get the punn!
We will always have to buy it from them and they can charge what ever they want.

Kathleen April 13, 2010

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I agree petrol prices are far too high, we working class are over taxed as it is, and like alcohol 3/4 goes to the Government as tax.
There is a boycott the pumps day, circulating on Facebook, I will adhere to.
But there must be unity for any action to be successful.
I only use my car when I have to. It now costs me £90 to fill the tank, and as I am running a 2lt engine the road tax has been proposed at £900.
We have to be the highest taxed country in the world!!!!!!!!

Mike Aikin-sneath April 13, 2010

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Fuel price increases raise various issues. For example:-

Some private individuals are going to be tipped over the edge into a fuel poverty that will stop or impede shopping, family, social, compassionate and medical visits. A lot of hardship could result.

Transport operators at all levels will have to stop or curtail their activities. This reduces their ability to employ, or spend, in the economy. It also threatens the performance in the economy of those who rely on these operators for travel to work, delivery of goods and so forth.

All of us who can should be willing to accept an appropriate share of the tax necessary to mend the economy. The problem is that it has to be decided, imposed, and disposed, by a government who can't be trusted to post a letter!

Neil Fordham April 13, 2010

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Just to give an idea how cheap unleaded can be. It's currently £1.02p per Gallon in Hurghada, Egypt at the moment. £5 per Gallon here!!!

It's a blinkin liberty, what we're paying!!!

E. Morgan April 13, 2010

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Hi, I am surprised at your comments of the price of petrol, don't get me wrong, I hate it as much as you do but I have receipts for diesel fuel from about a year or so ago for £1.32p per litre!! how could you have overlooked it?

Tatto Couligian April 13, 2010

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As I am retired person I suppose I am less affected by the risse in petrol prices. I try to reduce useof my car as much as possible, using buses for example, but that is not always possible, in fact usually not possible.
Yes we need to protest against the rise, but I thinkthe worst offenders are the Oil Companies and not hte Govvernment. They put up prices at every excuse but do not bring them down again when that excuse goes away. Even the value of the pound affects the upward price of petrol much more than the downward trend when the pound is falling.

Phil Vaughan-brookes April 13, 2010

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Like so many of the commentators here I need my car to drive to work as public transport is just not suitable. I have no choice if I wish to go to work. The fuel prices are making it harder and harder, particularly as my pay is only increasing enough this year to barely cover the other increases in the cost of living. I can understand the higher prices at the pumps being linked to the exchange rates (although I didn't really notice an effect a couple of years ago when it was nearly two dollars to the pound- petrol prices still seemed high) but what really gets up my nose is the ever increasing duty the government levies on fuel. I now only use my car to travel to work and back so I can earn my salary only to pay income tax and NI on that as well! Maybe if the Inland Revenue would allow me tax relief on my mileage it wouldn't seem quite so bad? It just doesn't seem fair (or right) that I am paying one tax in order to go to work so I can have the priviledge of paying even more taxes

Ivor Samuel Grantham April 13, 2010

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I agree with some of the other comments that have been made . the only way that things can change is by confrontation. the price of fuel adds still more to the price of every thing else.not only you.r own costs in driving

Alex Parsons April 13, 2010

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Alan Williams April 13, 2010

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The only problem I have with the increases is the profiteering of the fuel companies which is why I agree that it is wrong that prices go up so quickly and down so slowly with fluctuating oil prices and exchange rates.
I don't think, however, that reductions should be achieved by reducing duty as this should be rising faster than inflation to deter us from driving. We are still not taking the environmental issues seriously enough.
By all means let's have a day when we don't buy petrol as a protest but at the oil companies not the duty.

Jim Danaher April 13, 2010

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I believe the current price of fuel is ridiculously high. Surely the Government or Oftel or some other "body" could put a maximum cap on the price per litre and force the oil companies to reduce their prices, pretty much as they have done recently with with the Energy and Mobile Phone companies. I also believe that the Government should reduce their levy / tax on fuel when the oil companies push the prices above a certain level, I.E. £1.00 per litre, or preferably lower.

Mark E April 13, 2010

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I'd be interested to know how much prices compare with say 10 or 20 years ago. Until the last couple of years petrol did seem very cheap, so has it just returned to the old days? One poster suggested cars are driving slower now; can't say I've noticed that. One wag suggested higher prices would keep the rif raf off the roads.

Robb Gerrard April 13, 2010

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I live in liverpool and am now thankful that I have been retired for many years now. So fuel prices dont hurt me as much as the daily comuters. My last job was in Manchester for 8 years I was up and down the M62 doing 50 miles each way, 500 miles a week. I would have had to leave my job. I think its disgusting the money we pay for fuel and have to pay road tax on top. The HGVs are really pushing it to get more than 6 to the gallon. The price of all goods will go sky high. Its hard to believe that used to be the richest nation in the world.

Nathan Slingsby April 13, 2010

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i think that petrol prices are ridiculous and that we should cut the government workers wages down to £650 a month and see how they can afford to pay there bills keep a roof over there heads and food on the table aswell as run a car with petrol at £1.20 a litre, the answer is they wont

Deb Cass April 13, 2010

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As we all agree that driving is the onle viable option these days for getting to work and back and often need to drive to undertake our jobs, why can't the government realise they are not going to prize us out of our cars?

Unless, that is, they want us to join the dole queue, when we will have nothing more pressing to do than hop on a bus to the jobcentre once a fortnight to sign on? Public transport outside of London is only good for those who have unlimited time on their hands (the unemployed).....

Bill Ahitler April 13, 2010

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still have to use the bus cause it costs a fortune to park in bristol - now using diesel car but that's gonna cost a fortune to get through the mot - another tax - just got my new pension quote for my twenty odd years in the raf, apparantly as the pension increase is based on 30 sep 2009 and inflation was minus something the government says there is no increase but we will keep the pension rate the same and not take anyaway as that wouldn't be fair - petrol diesel up bus fares up and council tax up - pension and pay if you got a job same as before or less - dont know whether labour will be the same as conservatives or lib dems - anyone who says referendum on out of europe maybe i vote for them -- petrol/diesel should be around 80p a litre - just remember how we used to moan when it went up 1d a gallon in old money now it goes up 1p a litre - thats over 4 p a gallon and nobody says anything

Alexandra Deegan April 13, 2010

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Mr Tony Bliar...

Changed the law during the last ‘Fuel price rises populace baulk’ when refineries got seriously’ll get locked up PDQ if you try that one again!

It’s over people....oil going, going....and in the North Seas case....pretty much all gone...just the heavy sour poor grade crude...

Hence the slow awakening of the peeps of Blighty to their true plight....

That throughout Europe, in fact millions of people are experiencing rapidly falling consumption standards; that this crisis is getting worse not better; and that it has escaped the control of public authorities, national and international...

Oh dear...?

Economic crises increase the risk of regime-threatening instability if they are prolonged for a one, two or longer period... Indeed they do....and instability can loosen the fragile hold that many developing countries have on law and order...

So what will happen next...?

(A few braver ‘naive’ souls will decide to take direct action)

But rest assured those currently in charge ‘Neue Labour’ have figured it all out.... have contingency plans in place and the Police & Army ready....

Thanks to the growth of CCTV and the continual erosion of democracy with stealth laws passed... you’ll simply be beaten up, battered and arrested.

(For the collective greater good)....*sniggers*

And what will happen is that you’ll ‘finally’ feel your benign governments ‘fist’ as it asserts a totalitarian system of control...

Now pay up....and shut up!

Mike Smith April 13, 2010

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We have reduced our motor mileage as mucjh as possible and whenever possible use the very limited country bus service.

To help others on our situation (and everyone) the tax should be reduced even with the Tory idea of varying the tax rate depending on other costs to maintain an average price.

Robert Brown April 13, 2010

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Lets get the political leaders talking about these high prices on their TV head to head, I know it does,nt affect them as the get free travel & massive expenses so they dont care,but we need to get them debating the issue

Edward Fenner April 13, 2010

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Hi Brenda!

The current petrol prices are causing me and many other Sales Managers enormous financial stress.

I travel throughout the south east clocking up in region of 40k miles a year and have done so for nearly a decade with several employers.

My current employer pays just 13p a mile (the lovely basic minimum HMRC sets and which is not enforced)... allowing same to enjoy the fact that my travelling to work costs me £1 every 34 miles (I get 34mpg roughly on a good day).

A great way to incentivise hard working people like me without whom the economy would frankly go bankrupt. We pay the cost... the government continues to ignore our needs.

Fuel tax pays for what exactly? Thwarted at making swift progress with speed cameras everywhere, the M25 at junction 28 and near me continually backed up and nothing done, the Dartford toll making a fortune and lied about being free once paid for. Its all a complete con - about time this Govt woke up and benefitted the hard workers not forced us to quit out jobs!

Wing Hong Chung April 13, 2010

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Its a rip off for the prices that we pay at the pumps, there should be another protest.

Julie April 13, 2010

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I think the arabs need beer/ brothle money and MPs need a new home /holiiday or more expences or do we need money for another war.In rip off Britain seriously its not just fuel ,it goes deeper than this we are tax slaves serf's to a system we never asked to take part in ,tax/and there form of society, including council tax which is illeagal, cheshire county council have conceeded this in court ,.see it) for more tax is not and as never been leagal ,any form of it ..Look all MPs/PM/councils policemen courts are in truth a PLC and are not leagal if you do not ackowledge them,the law of the land is martime law from the begining ,if you only knew you me all of us to the state are a unit of energy to work and labour for there lives ,.alays remember .THE LAW MAKERS ARE THE LAW BREAKERS .All who serve a monarch cannot serve us anyone who swears an oath to the queen is her servent and cannot represent any of us .The pm reports to her for permission to do this countries work ,she puts the tax up Brown and the politicians have no power at all.

Mario Buratti April 13, 2010

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Cannot wait for the electric car. Cheap fuel and clean air, should be in a manifesto of some party or other

Muzaffar Hussain April 13, 2010

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My vehicle runs on holy petrol which comes all the way from the Golf, (middle east). How does it come to Britain? Only God knows, but surely it cost me every penny which I have saved up for my children. Nevertheless, all of my family is paying the price for me to be on the road for bread and butter.

The only reason I keep up paying the price is that it comes from the holy land of golf!

Philip J April 13, 2010

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Just returned from France.....unleaded higher there at 1.40 euros, though diesel less at 1.25; these are motorway service station prices.

Cheapest I found was at a well known French supermarket just off motorway where unleaded was 1.28 and diesel 1.14.
Diesel should be charged less in UK to let hauliers compete on a level playing field.

Mike Leith April 13, 2010

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Well, luckily as I'm well retired, my car sits in the garage most days. But I have a vaste garden and the cost of fuel (on which I pay tax!) for all the petrol-driven machinery I need is now very high - just for mowing the grass/cutting hedges!!

I beleive that this issue should be an election issue! We can go across to France for duty-free wines, but can't bring petrol back with us!

Harry Murray April 13, 2010

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Sunderland Association of Driving Instructors (SADI) is organising a protest through the streets of Sunderland. (See Sunderland Echo website) If you're near the City on the day, let's join them. It's no good saying it won't make a difference, it's a start. You can't start a fire without a spark so let's spark something national instead of everyone just sitting griping, actions speak louder than words! If you do nothing you only have yourself to blame and if you're to blame stop your griping!

Clive Parker April 13, 2010

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Thank you for sending an e-mail. This whole issue makes me angry. The motorist has been hit for six with these hikes. As a consumer I will use an alternative transport to work one that is cheaper and will give me exercise.

Bill Dinenage April 13, 2010

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we have a small business in the country. petrol is as essential to us as electricity and food. we have to collect all our business supplies as well as our normal shopping etc. public transport is non existant. those advocating a fuel protest are just making the matter worse. the place to protest is at the ballot box and we all have that opportunity in a few weeks time. however the country has to be financed and that will always be done by taxes taken from us in one form or another. ...bill d

Robert Weiss April 13, 2010

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Like a lot of posters, I too need to use my car to and from work. One reason is that it takes me an hour each way - leaving home at 6:00 am and in the afternoon, leaving work at 3:00 pm. Virtually all motorway travel. My TomTom reckons on a bicycle it would take over 3 hours to do the journey so you could reckon the same for public transport - if there was any. Journey time aside, my employer requires that I have a car as I may have to travel to other customers premises at any time during my working day - hence I need the car.

I get re-imbursed for business miles at the rate set by the Tax Office and even though I use the trip computer to drive as economically as possible, it has now got to the point were the mileage rate paid to me does not cover the actual cost.

All those stating - use public transport or don't purchase fuel are either living in cloud cuckoo land or do NOT need to use their cars for work - good for them, others have no choice but to use the car and purchase fuel or lose a days pay.

What we really should be expecting from the gobernment is to be realistic with the tax levy on fuel. Even at a third of the level it is currently at would be to high anyway but cutting the tax by 2/3rds would make a significant difference at the pump.

Larry Smith April 13, 2010

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£125 per litre - crazy .If any of our prospective PMs reduced it by 60p a litre ( and they could ! ) They would get my vote.Where are all the protests ,all the transport companies , taxis etc and regular users must be going nuts !!

Patricia Hall April 13, 2010

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As I am no longer working I organise my journeys to use the car as little as possible eg shopping while out for an appointment etc so using the car less using less fuel, car lasting longer, paying less tax so is Mr Brown really so clever . As I am sure that I am not alone .

Pat Ritchie April 13, 2010

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I go to and from my work and no more. I can't afford now to go out for drives in the country at the weekend to blow away the cobwebs of being stuck in the office all week. How much more do we have to pay? And, how far will we let it rise before anarchy ensues?

Justin Sharp April 13, 2010

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Hi Brendan, my name is justin Sharp and I live in cornwall now its a poor county >but i'm not going on about that allthough we wouldn't survive without Working >Tax Credit and Child Tax credit, the region is unique in that its rural, no big >city's no motorways and the bus and train service is very far and few between >useless to get to work with unlike the city's which are great. So I have to >relie on the car nothing special a seat ibiza 1.4 litre five door cheap family >car, but the price of fuel is so bad now (along with the highest water rates and >high council tax) that we as a family are now considering going unemployed as a >carreer choice as i can no longer afford to work (and no i'm not joking) we will >be finanacally better off and the mp's in london on their huge wage don't have a >clue and none of the three main partys are saying anything about the high price >of fuel tax. Also the rich are only going to be taxed 50%, well i'm poor and my >fuel is tax at over 78% ...hows that work???. So anyway would be happy to talk >about the crushing burden of fuel tax on a modern family trying to survive.

Alistair Macpherson April 13, 2010

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The oil producers have us over a barrel (pardon the pun) and car fuel is an easy target for all chancellors no matter their colour. It will be interesting to see if the big oil companies reduce the price at the pumps should the pound get stronger against the dollar. I believe that once they see that we are prepared to pay the ridiculously high price per litre, they will keep the price artificially high to increase their profits.
I have used the bus more often and it undoubtedly saves me money when I take into account the cost of parking. I also walk more if the journey is short enough. That's 2 contributions to reducing my carbon footprint thanks to the high price of fuel - so at least one small positive element from it. AFM

Keith Steel April 13, 2010

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As a diesel user I don't subscribe to this excuse that the diesel price is higher due to a shortage of refining facilities - are we really led to believe that the petrol companies have missed the trend for the increased sale of diesel cars and have not acted before now to increase the ability to refine more ?

Over the last year we see diesel cheaper than petrol ( in a couple of garages in the north ), the same price as petrol, and usually more expensive than petrol.

My local garage is now charging 125.9p for diesel; in Watford yesterday on business I saw diesel at 116.9p !

David Ball April 13, 2010

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It's just too easy for any goverment to gain a bit more revenue to try to balance the books by large tweaking of fuel duty and duty on alcohol. Why not charge a duty tax on lorries coming into the country on ferries with no doubt full tanks which might help our domestic haulage companies. However the sight at Dover last year of UK lorries wating to board the ferry simply to drive accross over ,fill up in Calais and drive back again on the return sailing had to be seen to be beleived!
Don't put a days boycott in place as small independant garages need the profit from the sales on non petrol products to survive..hit the supermarkets instead they have enough clout with the political parties and can shout at the oil companies.

Chris Foakes April 13, 2010

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I am driving less but as a pensioner I get free bus travel, so it is easier for me than those working. I would still like to see prices lower and it is about time the government reduced the tax they put on petrol

Simon Burns April 13, 2010

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Time for a fuel protest to make the high fuel prices an election issue. This is the only time we can focus the minds of polititians. The extra costs are just a tax as none of money is used on the roads.

Tanver Khan April 13, 2010

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Hi - i agree have a national no buy fuel day - possible same day as the general election!!
All I can suggests is make sure the next person pays more for your services - increase your rates to offset the rise - i will be doing this
Yes I am driving more slowly and notice a lot of cars doing the same -I cannot bus it to work since I do a school run which also kills the milage even more when schools are open!
Protests dont work - we all end up getting fined
lets try using legal aid!!

Simon O'carroll-fitzpatrick April 13, 2010

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Although thieving Broon has done the decent thing and minimised the chance of a disastrous hung parliament by announcing that a vote for the party of sleaze and spin means a further full term of the same snouts in the same troughs, can't help wondering if it really matters? We all should know by now that politicians of whatever ilk, much like pretty well everybody else, will do what's best for politicians. Taxing petrol users (motorists) is analogous to shooting fish in a barrel, and we can look forward to a drubbing no matter which way the vote goes. Bend over and think of OPEC!

Kelly Mccartan April 13, 2010

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Extortionate petrol prices is the future. Everyday items will be next. It's a sad reflection of the way this country is going. God help us if the tories get into power; then we will really have something to worry about. Petrol proces are all about oil, and whilst the war in Iraq continues so will the price rises. Buy a bike and ride it with pride; that'll show greedy capitalists!

Carl Prewett April 13, 2010

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All well and good saying we should not buy petrol for the day etc, etc, but really who is going to ACTUALLY do it? Last time there was a proper fuel crisis on at the begining of the noughties I was working part time in a petrol station and it was manic, followed by peace for couple of days whilst pumps were dry then mayhem once the fuel came in. We limited everyone to a tenner and attended all 6 pumps with all staff for the evening, no jerry cans etc. Trouble is that everyone will panic buy for no good reason.
Like many I do rely on my car (I share with my wife), and at times I do get the train, but that costs fair bit too. I'm finding my '99 Mazda 323 is not so economical (only 1.8), and it now is costing over £60 to fill it. Like many I cant afford to buy a new car even with whatever scrapage scheme is in place. Fact is the little guy is getting raped by the gvt and there really isn't much we can or will do about it.

Is there?

Sam Evans April 13, 2010

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I think it's disgusting the price we are starting to pay for fuel in this country! The oil companies are announcing massive profits as with the likes of the other thieves - British Gas, Electricity orgs etc. Yet the government do nothing to kerb them They keep talk about restricting banks for profits and bonuses and I wish to know why they are not carefully looking at this industry and applying the same thought process to ensure the people who help keep this country afloat and elect them are happier and more stable. Unemployment is at the highest rate and the government are making people pay massive prices for fuel?!?! How does this make sense?

I remember when there was our country's version of outrage last time around and we were all moaning about reducing the price of fuel because it had gotten too expensive. This was back when it was under a pound! What happened everybody? Why did we just let them slip it back up and over that mark if we were all so unhappy? The only way to do this properly would be to have a revolution like the French. No other country puts up with this kind of rubbish like the British and we wonder why we are all getting ripped off. We talk about neighbourhood watch schemes and burglar / car alarms etc to stop thieves, yet we do nothing to stop the biggest thieves of them all - the ones dipping their hands in our pockets openly everyday! These companies and the government!! We need to pick a Petrol company and everyone needs to simply stop buying fuel from that one... They will then have no choice but to reduce the fuel, we then switch over and do the same to the others one by one. It's time to stop the convenience petrol stop and think seriously about how we do this. IF enough people did this, the price would be affected. I filled up yesterday and could not believe it cost me nearly £80 to fill up a 65 litre tank! It's outrage, disgusting and damn right daylight robbery. What choice do we have apart from to stop moaning about it in small numbers and sign a petition and boycott fuel brands one at a time?

Tcbruce April 13, 2010

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I'm a surfer who just had to sell my surf van due to it costing me too much in fuel. I bought a small hatch back diesel instead to save money, as i do about 50 miles in total a day commuting to work. Now due to the fuel prices, i am struggling to afford it again and am having to consider looking for a new job closer to home to be able to afford to live. The prices are ridicilous, this can't seriously go on...can it?!

Peter Gray April 13, 2010

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Surely the way to reinvigorate the economy is to get people moving, going out places, shopping etc. Keeping fuel prices so high says to me the government are more interested in scr**ing the public for as much cash possible and don't really give a flying F"""" about the economy!

Emma Pearson April 13, 2010

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Beyond a joke, Highest rate of fuel duty in europe. No excuse! Politicians are loving the word 'Recession', as it's an excuse to hike all the taxes they can, in a bid to repay the money they have stolen during the expenses scandal! I am a single 25 year old, with a full time job. I don't fit into any of the brackets that politicians target during election time, pensioners, single parents, family tax credits etc. I am joe blogs who is entitled to nothing from this country except higher taxes! Tired of it! No wonder my parents moved abroad!

Nick Hartley April 13, 2010

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I agree with Roy, this is rather pointless. You said in your original blog that the high prices are to do with the exchange rate. if a barrel is $86 and we get $1.5 per £1 then that puts oil at about £57. last time petrol was this price oil was $147 a barrel and we got $2 per pound that means it was about £73 per barrel doesn't it? or is my maths rubbish. Point is nobody is listening.

John Chambers April 13, 2010

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I cannot believe that petrol per litre has written to 120p per litre. The last time it got that high the hauliers were blockading the main routes and the price dropped. I need my car to get to work and also for pleasure and it annoys me that my £35 has gone to £50 per week to run my car. Why cant the government look at a scheme to include the road tax onto the fuel,this will stop all of the cars that are running around without road tax, no MOT and insurance. I would expect the price per litre to drop dramically if every vehicle owner in Great Britain and Ireland were filling their vehicles on a regular basis.
I wonder what the government do with the road tax collected as they donnot spend it on reapiring the roads?

Roy Styles April 13, 2010

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I've taken over an hour trying to relocate my one and only previous entry on this blog and failed miserably to find it.
Yes, this is partly due to me not taking note of the time/date or approximate position of my original entry BUT it is also a lot to do with some people repeatedly inputting the same boring item time and time again and this is clogging up the real objective of this exercise.
Is anyone, other than those who have given their genuinely held views, actually monitoring or reading the entries on this site?
Come on Brendan McLoughlin at how about giving us a feedback and managing the site as it should be?
It's pretty obvious that if you survey the opinion on a topic from 101 people you'll most likely get 101 differing views. BUT there may be as few as 31 threads in the comments if they are analysed properly but if nothing is going to be done after more than 9001 (to date) comments are collected then we may as well not have bothered.

Vickie Mason April 13, 2010

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Why are the fuel prices rising so much? whats happening? I am having to stop visiting my family as often because I can no longer afford to visit them... very sad for me! why cant the government do something to stop this? do we need another fuel protest? how can we help?

Ammar April 13, 2010

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Kudos to Alexandra deegan, I could not say it any better hence I'll echo her post :) what we need to do is block the refinaries bring the country down to it's knees then force the goverment to lower it's tax.

The 'single' biggest culprit with fuel prices is Neue Labour whom are addicted to the tax...that petrol purchasing gains them...currently £37bn of it and rising...

Here's a breakdown... fo whom gets what when you pay £1.16p per litre...


Fuel Duty = 56p
VAT = 17p

(fuel cost)

Open market supply price = 37p
Forecourts = 6p

So that's 73p to Gordon McBruin and his team of dimwits.... and 43p to the oil people whom find, make and sell the stuff.

(Get real....its govt that's addicted to tax income....

Not the price of the actual oil...

Jon Atkinson April 13, 2010

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The main effect to my familly is the amount of running kids around to activities has to be reduced as getting to work mileage cannot be reduced, and I would be a hazzard on the road to drive slower.
The government could also up company mileage allowance from 40p per mile, as this was allowed when fuel was 60pa litre, and cut the duty increase from this and last year, as they automatically collect more vat on each price rise.
Would it not seem fairer if we all paid the same price for diesel, get rid of red and reduce white diesel.
Finally dont trade oil in US dollars, BP extracts from the North Sea to their refinary in UK to a UK filling station and we buy it in Sterling(pounds).Too easy!

John Polak April 13, 2010

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i am very annoyed at the increase in the petrol prices.i use my car every day because i have difficulty in walking i am a blue badge holder.but its getting that bad with the increase i try to walk to the local shops if possibly.we should put a blockade on the pumps or something.its a lot cheaper in spain for petrol,why should it be any dearer over here.its crippling me because i am on benefits and its just to dear.

Nicola April 13, 2010

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I think the fuel prices are going far too high, im 22 and only earn 13000 a year at the moment as i lost my good paying job due to the credit crunch, i now cant afford to run my car! if i cant run my car i cant get to work. I would leave the country but my husband cant sell cars abroad as he works for Vauxhall. Its hard to make ends meet. I want to know what the government are going to do about it! The other option is to stop spending but then saving doesnt really make much money now with interest rates the way they are. Maybe i should just start a family and go on the doal, that would give me the same income i get now!

Paul Rhodes April 13, 2010

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We recently had relatives over from Philadelphia who commented on our petrol prices (at the time) as being good @ £1.17.9 per gallon - er look again, it says £1.17.9 per LITRE, that's the same amount as the bottled water you buy I said. They couldn't belive how we manage to afford to live here, but sure understand why we have so many smaller cars!

I have just got a new job with a company car, otherwise we would probably be only using the smaller one of the two cars we own, and have even thought of selling one based purely on the price of petrol!

A fuel protest does get some attention, but maybe getting everybody to only use one supplier may hit the other oil giants harder?

Two car families going to one car would definitely affect the economy - come on Gordon don't be FUELISH, lets have some releif on that duty!

Jennifer Abdellah April 13, 2010

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I live in a village a few miles out from Lichfield and although there is a fairly good train service, I can't afford the fares. The bus service is very limited and as all my family live around Birmingham and Stourbridge I used to use my car to go and visit them every week. I am a pensioner on benefits and because of the high cost of fuel I am no longer able to visit weekly, going now perhaps every third week to save on petrol costs. This makes me feel very cut off them them.

Jonathan Thompson April 13, 2010

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I run a small business providing temporary traffic management for roadworks sites across the south east of England. I run a fleet of 5 small and medium vans and have noticed a marked rise in our fuel costs over the past few months. All our vehicles are fairly new and the most economical model to do the job so theres little else i can do to reduce fuel usage. All i can do is put prices up to compensate.

Neil Dronfield April 13, 2010

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driving a truck for a company, every price rise puts my job in danger. definately time for protests

Cal April 13, 2010

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We all talk about taking action but no-one is or probably will, as often its not the thing to do

We should agree a certain day!

We should look at a time line say from midnight to midnight - 24 hours in one start with - Throughout the UK, we shall stand united!!!!

We can all go to our local petrol stations, this way no-one has to drive, you could help people with disabilities to attend.

We can all agree to meet up, but before attending talk to neighbours, friends and relatives and encourage this much needed support (not forgetting your supplies - arrange drinks and food for the day to share, everyone takes a little with them -you'd be suprised what we can give together, for once share in this "Community Activity" bringing together everyone, probably meeting people who live in your street you've never spoken too...

I’m talking about all ages, genders and races as we stand as one. Where do you think we’d be without the likes of the miners’ strike, or the suffragettes fighting for their rights...we’re all good at moaning, putting our point across but what are we as a society going to do with our Government

Experience tells me – it’ll be nothing (again)

Keith Ravenhill April 13, 2010

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I travelled to Norfolk and back this last weekend and the price range was from 118.9 to 122.9 and apart from isolated villages the average prices were cheaper in Norfolk. The prices in the Oxfordshire region are generally around 121.9 to 122.9. This strikes me that individual stations are pricing to a level that they think they can get away with in line with average wages in the area.

Governments, whatever their complexion, will always hammer the motorists, even when the local governments do not provide an adequate alternative means of transport. All fuel companies, that includes gas and electricity, will quickly raise prices even when their stock is bought at lower prices, but are very slow to lower them when the base prices reduces; this is the price we pay in a capitalist society.

Judith Hale April 13, 2010

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I agree that we moan about it but do nothing. It's time to make a fuss, protest and start blocking the refineries as we did a few years ago. I'm surprised that we protested when it was around 70p and yet are doing nothing now. We just accept it all and do nothing.....all very British and so we're taken for granted and used as cash cows. It's always the motorists that get hit.

Debbie Kydd April 13, 2010

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I also have no use of public transport as i live in the middle of the country and the nearest bus stop is 7 miles away even that would take me to the city then meaning another 2 buses to get to my work in the completly different direction. I would agree with a strike as everything else seems to be going up but wages, causing me to work 2 jobs, 7 days a week and still struggle to live for a month!!! They say the country is bankrupt yet we seem to be able to hand millions out to other countries!

Mark Ekless April 13, 2010

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The cost of fuel goes up every day, its about time the big three partys made this a election issue ,please take notice,or we could looking at fuel protested i think the uk motorist has had enough of rip of britain.

Linda Body April 13, 2010

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I've been over to the States a few times in the last year and they are complaining that it now costs $1.50 per gallon. Why is it so cheap in the US - I think it's to do with the fact that the US tax fuel less than the UK government does. Perhaps if the new politicians were to reduce some of the taxes on fuel, then it wouldn't cost so much. Also like your other commentators priced should fall in accordance with the price of crude - not only rise! A day of not buying fuel could be an incentive to the politicians.

Peta April 13, 2010

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I use Diesel but it seems that is just as expensive as petrol and I seem to be filling up more often than when I bought the car two years ago. I am 'trying' to drive more slowly and am also not using the air con unless I really have to but I'm not sure just how much difference that makes. I think the suggestion of everyone not buying fuel on a certain day would be interesting to see if it has any effect? All in all, role on the election, I know the next lot might be the same but surely they can't be any worse!?!

Barrie Edward Cook April 13, 2010

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We are controlled by the Petrol Companies and the Government (any party) we pay up no matter how high the price goes! They increase or decrease the price of petrol/diesil when they want irrespective of oil price/dollar price rising or falling.
Super Markets even increase before they give you 5P a litre off!
The car is so ingrained in our way of life we can not be with out it.
How do we protest? when so many people will not; its a free market.
I will join any legal protest but many will not.
Barrie Aylesford

Judith A Hogg April 13, 2010

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It's good at least to have an explanation for the insidious & incessant price rises, which, I must admit, have been making me very angry. Not sure how the way we vote in the election will infuence this. I try to use the car only when I really need to and to incorporate several tasks into one journey when I do have the car out.

Steve Williams April 13, 2010

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The major problem in the UK apart from the value of the pound is the amount of tax taken at the pump - until any Chancellor is prepared to drop this amount we will be charged to the hilt !!

I am all for a protest as seen before and I am surprised that it has taken this long for hauliers to react especially when you hear about the increases they have to deal with ! Wake up Britain we are being ripped off by a Government that should have been dissolved a long time ago !

Cliff Turner April 13, 2010

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I work where a company pays you £0.40p per mile as per government legislation.

This £0.04p per mile has not altered for years and was in being when petrol was 86p per litre.

With my car doing 30 - 35 MPG it will soon be that I will be paying the company money to travel on business for them.

About time this petrol allowance was reviewed

Peter Shortiss April 13, 2010

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Fuel prices hit all of us, some more than others but with a great deal of working people that travel to work more than 10 miles the cost of getting to work is a real hit and the household income. The knock on of this is other item we need or used to do or have been cut back. In my own household my wife has now reached the age of 60 but will still need to work, as we connot aford her to retier. We do not go out at weekends as much as we did so again the lost of money the the places that we may have gone to. Were it is going to end.

Demetri Demetriou April 13, 2010

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It is as plain as the nose on your face: increased petrol costs mean increased costs on EVERYTHING and therefore an increase in the cost of living and less disposable income. What is it that the Government does not understand here?
This is simply not the right time for yet another Duty increase on petrol and it will slow down economic recovery. We already pay far too much and the country needs all the help it can get to aid recovery. This was an ill conceived decision. Hitting the motorist, yet again, is just another cynical stealth tax, and an unfair way in which to claw back monies to help this ailing Government balance the poor state of the country's 'books' - for which it is solely responsible.

On a personal level, it has meant that visiting Cornwall, where my father, mother and grandmother are buried, has become impossible, as it now costs me £150.00 in petrol to and from London!
On a business level, I depend on my car to visit clients around the country and this too has become so expensive, that such vital face to face meetings arere likley to become impossible. With profit margins already eroded, in orer to remain competitive and survive, we are being attacked at both ends.

There is no upside to this increase and it is beyond my comprehension how it is that the motorist - yet again - must bear the brunt of this Government's ineptitude and bad managment. All I know is that WE are a vert syrong, yet silent majority, and woe betide it if, one day, we do decide to take action. I, for one, would advocate a 24 hour stoppage and then see how much the Government would lose in revenue in just 24 hours! Nobody going out to work or to shop or spend money or buy petrol. It would take notice then!

WHEN are we going to finally stand up and say, no more?

Clive April 13, 2010

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Its quite noticeable that diesel prices have not risen as fast as petrol prices. This has probably meant that, although being hit hard, the big haulage companies have not been so vociferous thus not giving this crisis the media coverage it deserves.
Lets face it we are stuck with it unless we can find a way to organize in such a way as to affect this situation. We will just need to be a little lighter on the right pedal

James Cassidy April 13, 2010

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I am retired so I have more choice when and how to travel. This said, I am using the car considerably less because of the high fuel prices. I either choose to take the bus or simply don't go out nearly as much as I once did.
I have concerns about the general cost of living and make economies where I can, and one of these is by reducing my car travel.
My car is just a year old, but I have had thoughts about trading it in for a smaller, more economical car. This, however, would limit what we could do and where we could go.
I've also considered a small 4x4 due to the state of the roads, especially if we are likely to have another severe winter.

Joe Mclaughlin April 13, 2010

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wether its for running your car, heating your house, preserving your food or cooking your food, fuel is a basic human need and should not be a corporate tool for fleecing all and sundry and profiteering on all who depend on it to live, the price should be capped by statutes and alternatives should be offered if they can be provided.
what we all need to do is organise pre-concieved dates to boycott a particular company for one week then another the following week until they get the message that we will nolonger be extorted from any more.
if it does'nt work, hit them for a month perhaps two companies at a time, this would affect them negatively quickly, and force them into the harsh economic forces we all have had to endure for the last 18 months or so.
inaction tells them, they can push us harder and faster, well lets turn the table on them, and hit their pockets

Jacqui Bailey April 13, 2010

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We need to be protesting. I do a lot of driving for my work and it is costing me an arm and leg. I can not afford to petrol the car to visit my gran kids in London on the weekend anymore. My lifestyle is suffering because of the constant rise in price.

Malcolm April 13, 2010

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Yesterday I filled up and it cost me almost £75. I went to my local Tesco because the email had identified it as the cheapest in my area @ 119.6 per l. Who'd have thought I'd be happy to find petrol at this price?
Fuel protests won't do it - what we need is a national strike where EVERYONE refuses to work for at least 48 hours. - Just think of the fuel and money for fuel we'd save then.

Bill Harrow April 13, 2010

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I only use the car once a week to do the shoping i have started walking everywhere. The government (who travel on expences so we pay for their rise) see car lorry owners as a sure way of raiseing money. Can we do anything but pay? perhaps vote for none of the above but vote

Jack Edward April 13, 2010

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I think Matt has hit the nail on the head - most of us will just sit back, complain to our friends but do nothing. Hung Parliament! Please don't mention it! The SNP bumblers up here in Scotland are rubbing their hands in preparation of making a bigger mess of it! The Highlands and Islands here are really in a cleft stick - they are up to £1.30+ already due to distances, even if we have a large refinery in Fife. How will the markets react to a new Conservative government?

Robert Leigh April 13, 2010

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Since the present government came to power, Gordon Brown increased duty on diesel to make it more expensive than petrol, although it is cheaper to produce than petrol, and burns with a higher thermal efficiency than petrol. This seems to contradict any declared intention to reduce CO2 emissions. More recently, when VAT was temporarily reduced an additional duty was added to road fuel to make up for the impending loss. This duty has not been removed although VAT has reverted to its former rate. It feels as though all road transport is expected to pay for increasing tax requirements which the government tries to camoflage.

Lisa Cook April 13, 2010

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My partner used to drop me off at work so he could use the car during the day but now I have to do longer hours to get into work early to enable me to park to save petrol going back and forth. Also my parents live in Essex and we usually try and visit them every three weeks but what we pay now has doubled from when I was travelling back and forth in the sroing of 2008. We have also noticed when we put petrol in at the BP Garage it charges you 10p before you have even pushed the button.

Baz Hamblin April 13, 2010

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I am a firm believer in the concept of not buying petrol from Esso or BP. This idea has been around for a long time but it needs implementing by a substantial majority of the population. As usual apathy reigns and the majority can't be bothered. If those two companies saw a significant drop in sales they would exert pressure at the highest levels and we would see results. It's not as if we are asking you to do anything difficult - or do anything at all. JUST STOP BUYING PETROL FROM ESSO AND BP. God knows there are plenty of alternative suppliers of petrol and most of them are cheaper than Esso and BP.

John Callow April 13, 2010

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i retired two years ago and together my wife and i bought a renault megan 7 seater so that we could enjoy our retirement by taking our grand children out for days now that petrol prices are now reaching this current level this is curtailing our trips out as we are on a limited budget is it not time the government woke up to how the price of petrol affects aal drivers and the country and reduces the duty/taxes to a more realistic level

Karen Stares April 13, 2010

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No one cares because if we stop using petrol stations for a day or two they know eventually we will have to fill them up, especially if like me the only way to get to work is by car. My son who is 15, to get to the nearest village the bus charges £5 return ( he is allowed to work 4 hours at minimum wage meaning working for £7 after fares)!! The goverment need to be forced to supply a cost efficient transport system that runs for the people (not every two hours if you're lucky) and at a cost that means you do not need an overdraft to use it. I agree with the other comments that due to high petrol costs we are paying more for food and heating etc and the economy will suffer. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!!!!!!!!

M Dunn April 13, 2010

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The price in our local stations is £123.9 per litre.

Bedelia Wolverton April 13, 2010

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Looks like I'll have to invest some capital to get my motorcycle back on the road again to try n reduce my outgoings.

I find the cricifying price variations a thorn in my side, constantly needing to travel to and from work and to social engagements I do not see why this government seems hell bent on ruining our work life balance by taxing something as critical as petrol as much as they have.

It will get to a point where I don't have a social life as I cannot afford the petrol to go anywhere apart from to work and back.

I may even have to consider getting a job a closer to home... of course big IT firms are not very prevalent in Stoke On Trent so that may result in moving house to find work locally to minimise outgoings...

Come on government get your act together stop crucifying the little people who strive to make this country great and sort out your own mess rather than trying to get us to do it for you!

RANT OVA.. Thx...

Yvonne Humphries April 13, 2010

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While I disagree with the constant rises of fuel and would like to make a stand on behalf of all in the UK, I'm not convinced that there is too much we can do (despite our being a democratic country !).
My situation probably won't help the cause much either as I have a Company Car for which my business fuel is reimbursed however, I have to pay up front for this fuel which has hit my pocket hard in the last few months. The best price found in the North West for diesel is £117p at Morrisons although difficult to find when I spend most my life on the Motorways where I begrudgingly paid £130p - something I won't be doing again. I'm definately avoiding the big boys like BP / Shell & sticking to the supermarkets for now.

Derek Birch April 13, 2010

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Although the price of petrol has not affected the amount of journeys I do, when I go on longer trips I do drive a bit more slowly, One question that enters my mind is if the car manufacturers ever made enviromental cars that did not run on petrol and petrol was not used any more how would the goverment fill the fuel tax void left.

Keith Graham April 13, 2010

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We're all - including myself - suffering from galloping inertia. We really do need to do something. Block up a few motorway / tunnels / bridges, whilst enabling emergency vehicles access - perhaps just for a morning or afternoon. Put a direct question to all the political parties as loudly as possible and vote accordingly. I'm a Driving Instructor I've been teaching 'eco driving' for years and advise pupils to limit car use to essential journeys, avoid 'nipping to shops for the paper, etc,. Whilst instructors drive and teach economically, it's a battle to put up our prices despite rocketing costs at the pump. Pump prices are directly controlled by Government, so we need to get to them. Hey, there's an election coming up. One party will win, based on a minority of people who voted, who in turn represent a minority of voters. Those who don't vote, should get out there and vote!

Andrew Welsh April 13, 2010

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There was a time when fuel on the continent was nearly always more expensive than in the UK now it seems we are the most expensive. Just what do the government do with all the money they raise in tax? They certainly don't spend it on the roads. Was in Egypt last year and the roads are in a better state than the UK. We are rapidly becoming a third world country. You are supposed to become more right wing as you get older but I am going the other way!!

Neil Tatton April 13, 2010

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I am a business driver, but operate my own car, and claim back my allowance based on government guidlines. This level has not changed in 3 years, yet fuel prices have continued to go up, driven by government taxes, so surely my allowance should be allowed to increase. Another example of stealth taxing by a financially inept government. I need my car to be able to do my job, now when I fill up it can cost me £75, as opposed to £60 previously, since I fill up around 3-4 times a week the net effect is £60 out of my pocket

Sharon Beddow April 13, 2010

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what can i say, the government just keep crippling the working class in every way they can and we just moan and take it. How can we really make a stand to sort this out. Fuel is at the lowest its been for a while, by the barrel, so whose pockets are we lining? Are we just bailing the government out of a mess there in, by paying high on things they know we cant live without? Sad state of affairs we are all living in and hope someone has the answer to all this soon!!!

Bill April 13, 2010

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Fuel price increases are like a ratchet - they increase, everybody complains and then the fuss dies down and the tax is increased again. There are something like 22 million cars using petrol/diesel so if you could mobilise all the drivers then we would get some action. Sadly most people shrug their shoulders, accept the increase and get on with their lives.

I have not heard a single politician say he/she will reduce fuel duty!

J Taylor April 13, 2010

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I am finding the high prices of petrol hard to understand. I know wholesale price of crude is up, but not that much. As for tax that is 2p

I am retired but living in the country, so all life(buses) stop at 6pm how can I do anything at night without a car, or during the day without several changes of bus and long walks with heavy loads, no shop here. How people at work manage I do not know, I feel local garages are taking advantage when they charge the highest price 121p a litre and they were charging 111p before easter.

Justin April 13, 2010

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I was wondering if everyone boycotted one particualr petrol company say, Esso for arguments sake, and stuck to it for a a good 6 -12 months, would that some how put one company out of business forcing them to reduce their prices to attract more custom? and if we did that again to another petrol company would they then fear the worst and put down their prices.
sounds like a good idea but dont know how the petrol marlet works and whether they all buy from one major distributor??

Rex Hollister April 13, 2010

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It appears to me that many vehicles on the road are owned by companies so individual drivers are not paying for fuel. It's the genuine private motorist who is really 'feeling the pince'. I try to drive according to my MPG indicator now, to improve my economy. I tend to agree with Phil, 8th April 2010 12:47pm, no matter who gets in fuel duty is likely to increase.

Alan Powell April 13, 2010

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I agree with you especially as the cost price has not in line with the increases

Colin Paxton April 13, 2010

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I run a taxi business 12 cars employ 30 poeple between part / full time . Every time the fuel goes up a penny this adds one hundred and fifty pounds a year to the running costs of each car hence 12x 150 = 1800 pounds every time that it goes up just one penny . It is getting harder to make ends meet giving that it is not just fuel that is rising fuel goes up so does every thing else . Can the powers at be not see that they hit the motorists / drinkers / smokers all the time would it not be fair to take tax / duty from everyone say for instance we all drink coffee / tea lets see a tax/ duty on that at source say when it comes into the country / another way would be duty on coffee / tea shops .Some thing that we all use not just the groups mentioned above . I am quite sure that there must be other ways to get duty in a more fair and stelthy way . How many times has the poor pound in our pocket got to be taxed before we can actually spend it ..i could rant on all day about this but i have been in business now 14 years i am quit sure that i will not see out anoter 2 years the way that things are going it just cuts your moralle i will say goodbye for now not that these blogs do any good as any party that gets into power has to do what the advisers ...advise not what they said they were going to do or promised to do ...i am colin paxton from haddington east lothian tel 01620-825-825-

Ian Dawson April 13, 2010

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The only thing that makes me fume more than the price hikes is the 'kings of the roads'- the Mercs & Audis using the overtaking lanes as their own personal driving lanes:fuel apartheid has been operating on our roads for quite a while - watch and observe!

Rob Kinning April 13, 2010

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Government placed a threshhold of 40p per mile reimbursement for people using their own cars after which tax implications apply. At the time this threshhold was applied, petrol was 80p per litre. How can the same threshhold be used when fuel is now £1.20/litre? Volunteers who provide an essential service to the community by taking people to medical appointments cannot be reimbursed more than 40p per mile - how long before volunteers have to consider withdrawing their services to the most vulnerable people in our communities?