Free UK fuel prices. Over 8,000 petrol stations covered Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:41:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hiring a Car Abroad this Year? Read this Before you Leave! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:41:33 +0000 BBC report, when the UK abolishes the counterpart element of the photo card driving licence. Counterparts will no longer be valid after 8th June, and the DVLA are advising people to dispose of them after this Car hiredate. However, car hire firms in some countries have long requested that Brits hiring cars take both their photo card and counterpart. It’s feared that knowledge of the new regulations won’t cascade down to these firms, resulting in confusion, and the potential for hire companies to refuse to release booked cars. The correct new procedure for British drivers is to obtain a code via the DVLA website in advance of travel. This code can be used to show a record of any endorsements or driving offences. However, producing a code won’t necessarily be mandatory for all car hire providers, and the codes will only have 72 hours of validity, leading to the ludicrous situation where tourists could have to request additional codes throughout their holiday. In response to this, the AA have suggested that people just keep their counterparts, in defiance of DVLA advice, just in case it smooths the way when hiring a car. It all feels like a bit of a farce, and tales of chaos will no doubt hit the media when the rules change in June. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Oil Price Up by Nearly 50% Since January Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:05:05 +0000 report in The Mirror has revealed that oil prices have climbed by 43% since January, and now stand at $65 per barrel. Back in January it was looking likely that petrol for under one Pound per litre could become commonplace, but now Petrol Pricesthe average price for unleaded is back up to 114.2 pence per litre and diesel is once again nudging towards 120 pence (currently 119.2 pence). According to the report, every time the bulk oil price rises by a dollar, the petrol price rises by a penny in tandem. Apparently this parallel increase takes about two weeks to filter through, but we’re sure many people feel that prices at the pumps seem to reflect the increases faster than this! According to the AA, it now costs around £5 more to fill up a car than it did in February, and apparently (and depressingly) “prices are heading higher.” The Mirror is running a survey on their Web page asking whether we are being “ripped off with petrol prices.” At the time of writing, 97% of respondents had answered “yes.” As ever, you can find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you by making use of our free tool. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Cheaper Fuel is Not Helping Electric Car Sales Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:24:06 +0000 report earlier this week on Daily Caller. Some enlightening figures have come out of research performed in the USA, which shows that nearly a quarter of Electric carpeople who have traded in hybrids and electric cars so far this year have not stuck with eco-friendly vehicles. Instead, they have swapped them for gas-guzzling SUVs. The report states that this is the first time “loyalty rates” for electric and hybrid vehicles have dropped below 50%. Only 45% of trade-ins have been for another “alternative fuel” car. Barack Obama had hoped to get a million more eco-friendly vehicles on the US roads by the end of his current term, but so far he is 800,000 short. The most likely reason for this is that the price of fuel in the USA has come down hugely, just as it has here in the UK. With petrol in North America already significantly cheaper than here, drivers no longer feel they have to worry so much about their fuel bills. This doesn’t mean they don’t have to worry about the environment – but these figures seem to suggest that planetary concerns are far from the top of the priority list! IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Petrol Sales Down Again Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:26:14 +0000 reported on how petrol sales had finally hit an upward trajectory, suggesting that UK motorists had begun to throw caution and frugality to the wind, encouraged by lower prices. However, it seems the trend wasn’t destined to last. The Office for National Statistics has just revealed the retail sales figures for March, and they show a 0.5% drop compared to February. This drop is rather unexpected, especially when one takes into account the fact that February is a shorter month. The most significant news, however, is that a big drop in petrol sales was what dragged the figures down. Petrol Petrolstation sales were down over 6%, the biggest fall since 2009, according to Yahoo. This all suggests that consumers are actually still very cautious about spending money, and perhaps not as bullish about a sturdy economic recovery as the government would like to think. Petrol sales were up in February, but as the prices crept up again through March, it seems that Brits tightened their belts once again. These retail sales figures are disappointing for the UK, and don’t live up to earlier estimates. However, an economist quoted by the BBC painted a rosy picture of the future, suggesting that purchasing power will continue to increase. We’ll have to wait for future figures to find out. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 1 Driving a Company Car? Make Sure you are using the Correct Fuel Rates! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:15:19 +0000 reported by Mondaq, the official figures are provided to ensure that the rates reflect the “true cost” of fuel. As petrol and diesel are now substantially cheaper than they were in the past, these rates have been reduced. The reason the government dictates these rates is that HM Revenue and Customs regard charging your employer Company Carmore than the real cost for business mileage, or reimbursing them less than the real cost for personal mileage, means that they are effectively subsidising your use of the car. This then becomes viewed as a taxable benefit, which has potentially costly impacts on both tax and national insurance liabilities. As such, the published mileage rates also impact those who claim a mileage allowance for business travel. Full details of the new rates are available here. All of them have come down quite significantly. Until 1st March this year, company car drivers could claim (or repay) 16 pence per mile for a petrol vehicle with an engine capacity between 1401cc and 2000cc; this rate has now been reduced to 13 pence per mile. As another example, the rate for a diesel car below 1600cc was previously 11 pence, but this has now been reduced to 9 pence. If you are a company car driver who works to one of these schemes, you should check you are charging or repaying at the correct rate. If you fail to switch to the new rate, it could have a significant impact on your tax situation. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Bristol Petrol Prices Prove the Importance of Shopping Around Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:42:01 +0000 report from The Bristol Post, reported on by SouthWest Business. TheBristol report highlights the fact that people in Bristol are having to pay “more than most” for their fuel. In a comparison of figures taken from this website, Bristol drivers are shown to sometimes have to pay as much as five pence more per litre than their counterparts in Bath, which is fewer than 15 miles away via the most direct route. As we’ve reported several times before, plenty of organisations and campaign groups are seeking better price transparency. There will always be offers and promotions, but it’s hard to believe that drivers can save as much as eight pence per litre just by choosing the right petrol station within Bristol. Thankfully, our free tool can help with this. Price disparities aside, the average cost of unleaded in Bristol is a penny above the average UK cost. Bristol residents may find it makes sense to fill up whilst on travels to other towns to get the best value for money. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 How Could your Vote Affect your Motoring Life? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:37:57 +0000 mentioned at the end of last week, there’s surprisingly little focus on motoring in the main party manifestos for the upcoming UK election. Meanwhile, as widely reported, the AA are concerned that petrol prices continue to creep upwards when a recent oil price fall should really see them going in the opposite direction. Although there’s not a huge amount of motoring focus in the election campaigning (at least not yet), there are some key points to note, which have recently been summarised in an article on Car Buyer. The Conservatives recently announced a continued freeze on fuel duty, so this could be expected to continue if theyUK Election gain a majority vote (and probably if the same coalition remains in power too). The Conservatives have also made more firm promises than the other parties, including £15 Billion in road investment, with specific attention paid to the A1, A303 and A27. The Labour party manifesto says little about motoring, and pays more attention to the public transport infrastructure, particularly with regards to strong support for the HS2 train line. The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party are both taking an environmentally focussed approach. The Greens, in particular, say they will divert much of the £15 Billion the Tories plan to spend on new roads on public transport instead. They would also reduce residential speed limits to 20mph. The Liberal Democrats primary motoring-related policies relate to emissions, including a revamp of the way that car tax is calculated. Finally, UKIP have some rather different ideas, including the removal of road tolls “where possible,” and the abolition of both hospital parking fees and tax on cars over 25 years old. While it’s interesting to hear the different approaches the parties say they’d take, it’s important to remember that it’s extremely unlikely that the minor parties plans will ever move beyond rhetoric, as the polls make clear that they will never gain complete power. Furthermore, a hung parliament and another coalition looks increasingly likely, meaning compromises on the manifestos are a very real possibility On that basis, it’s probably not wise to decide who to vote for based on any of the party’s motoring policies! IMAGE CREDIT: Pixabay]]> 0 Are Retailers Just IGNORING an Oil Price Fall? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:28:49 +0000 report on Petrol stationThis is Money. The price of bulk oil has fallen globally by 5% in the first fortnight of April, but rather than going down, pump prices seem to be staying static or even climbing. As we reported yesterday, the AA are unhappy that the political parties seem to be forgetting about motorists in their election campaigns. Edmund King, the AA president, points out that party manifestos promise “nothing on road fuel price transparency.” Against this backdrop, the retailers probably do feel like they’re free to take a little more profit while the government’s attention is directed elsewhere. However, it’s not really “a little” more according to the report, which accuses the retailers of taking an extra £3 on every tank of diesel. Hopefully in the weeks to come we will be able to finally announce some price reductions again. In the meantime, find the cheapest fuel in your region by using our free tool. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 Motorists Provide 10% of UK’s Tax Revenue Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:48:08 +0000 published by Fleet Point. With this in mind, it’s little wonder that the AA are showing concern that motoring issues are beingDriving put on the back-burner when it comes to the main parties’ election manifestos. As things stand, it’s only really the Liberal Democrats who’ve said anything concrete, and that’s with regard to an increase in car tax. In response to this perceived silence, the AA are encouraging social media campaigning, specifically in the form of a Twitter hashtag: #Vote4BetterRoads. The AA want more commitment to political action on motoring issues, particularly in guaranteeing money to improve the state of the roads (the main issue for individuals they surveyed), and regarding the overall cost of motoring – which needless to say includes the taxes we mentioned above. According to the study, 85% of motorists are worried that the taxes we refer to will be increased once the next government comes to power. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 Parklets: “Fresh Air Squares” to Take Over Parking Spaces! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:45:19 +0000 in the USA, particularly in San Francisco, which now holds an annual PARKing day – when metered parking spaces are temporarily converted into innovative but diminutive public park areas, according to a report from breakdown cover firm ETA. The UK parklet initiative is a joint venture between Team London Bridge and Transport for London. They are inviting designers to submit ideas for these miniature parklet parks. A shortlist will be decided in June, and some of them will be turned into a reality, with one launching this year and three or four more next Spring. The parklet designs will have to meet certain criteria: they must be monitored for air quality, use recycled materials, and be planted with fauna that “mitigates pollution.” Each will be the size of two regular parking spaces. Obviously the idea is to produce something eco-friendly in a space that would usually be used by motorists. Some people will surely agree with this interesting vision, while others will no doubt complain that parking spaces in London are in short enough supply as it is! The full brief for the parklet design competition is available here. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0