Free UK fuel prices. Over 8,000 petrol stations covered Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:24:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Is a Fuel Duty Increase on the Way? Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:24:18 +0000 about fuel duty. When it came to it, the Chancellor said nothing at all. In a way this was a good thing – because it means that for now, at least, there’s no increase in this tax, which is already the highest in Europe. However, it also means the organisations calling for a cut in the tax didn’t get what they were wishing for either. The real potential “sting in the tail” comes to light in a report published today in The Daily Mail. Apparently, the “small print” of the spending review reveals that the government expects income from fuel duty to rise alongside the rate of inflation for the next five years. This appears to indicate that the government plan to start raising fuel duty again from next year – though of course nothing is certain. However, confirmation of a continued fuel duty freeze has been part and parcel of all the recent budgets, and no mention of this came this time around. The report suggests that if this theory is correct, fuel could go up by two pence per litre from next April due to higher taxation. On the bright side, oil prices are staying low, which should prevent us seeing increases in fuel costs for other reasons, but it will be undeniably disappointing to see fuel duty begin to increase after such a long freeze. In terms of the big picture, however, it’s fair to say many more people would have been “up in arms” if the working tax credit cuts had remained. As such, we’ll refrain from any judgement until this theory potentially becomes a reality next year. IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr]]> 0 Petrol Hits One Pound Per Litre: Morrisons Leads the Way Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:58:53 +0000 talked about the prospect last week, but didn’t really expect our dreams to come true so soon: Petrol can now be found for one Pound per litre in the UK – and the place to look for it is at Morrisons supermarkets. As if often the case, there’s a small caveat: You need to spend over £40 in a Morrisons store to get fuel at this price, but as everyone has to buy groceries somewhere, this shouldn’t prove too much of a hardship. The new Morrisons promotion is now underway, and it’s expected that other supermarkets will respond with their One Pound Petrolown competing efforts. It’s often Asda who make the first move with petrol price promotions, so we’re particularly interested to see what they do. According to a report in The Mirror, customers who spend over £40 and buy diesel instead of unleaded will (at the moment, at least) pay 103 pence per litre. Last time petrol dropped in price to this kind of level it was a very brief flash in the pan, but on this occasion it looks likely that the situation will remain for longer, in the main because oil prices are expected to remain low (despite a small price “bounce” earlier today). We hope that this time around, people actually get to fill up with petrol at these prices, rather than merely read about it. The Mirror’s report is optimistic anyway, speculating that we could soon see the cheapest fuel since 2009. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 £1 Per Litre Petrol in Time for Christmas? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:48:52 +0000 discussed in detail earlier this week. The subject alsoChristmas Fuel features heavily in a report on the prospect of cheaper fuel in The Express this week. Put simply, there’s far more oil sitting in stockpiles around the world than the industry needs. In simpler times, OPEC nations in the Middle East could have simply reduced the supply to boost the price, but OPEC has declined to do this as it could allow other oil producing nations to more easily compete for market share. As a result, oil is cheap, and expected to remain cheap for the foreseeable future. This situation has a knock-on effect in terms of the cost of wholesale petrol and diesel – and, in turn, what you pay at the fuel pumps. In the report, The RAC spokesman Simon Williams states that we are “a way off” seeing average prices fall to the one Pound per litre mark. However, he feels there’s a “good chance” that some retailers will find a way to offer such prices to customers. If this does come to fruition, we’d expect the supermarkets to take the lead, as they so often do. Nothing is certain when it comes to the price of fuel, and it’s fair to say that past history has shown The RAC to be generally more optimistic on low prices than the AA, but all the stars seem to be suitably aligned for further price drops on this occasion. The RAC expect an average fall of two pence per litre over the next fortnight, and like you, we’ll be hoping they’re right. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 2 The Oil Glut: Cheap Petrol and Other Consequences Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:28:44 +0000 Sky News report. There are now three Billion barrels of excess oil in the global marketplace. As such, it’s little surprise that the oil price is edging down to the $40 per barrel mark. There’s nothing to suggest any end to the glut – in fact if anything it could become more severe next year, if demand drops or remains steady as yet more oil floods the market from Iran. This is all good news for you as a motorist, because oil at $40 per barrel once again raises the possibility of petrol nearing the one Pound per litre mark. We’re not quite there yet, but you can remain relatively confident that prices aren’t suddenly Cheap Oilgoing to increase. Meanwhile, the excess of oil is having other consequences too. The same report suggests that household utility bills could fall too, as the energy companies should have some leeway now that wholesale gas prices have come down. Another slightly less predictable outcome of this glut of oil is that long-haul budget flights from the UK could soon become a reality. This business model has been tried before, without much success, but a report in The Telegraph suggests that cheaper oil in the long term might allow Norweigan Airlines to make a success of a new venture. The airline already runs budget flights to the US, and is launching a new offshoot, Norweigan UK, in 2016. The new airline plans to launch budget routes from the UK to destinations in Asia and South Africa. If this (pardon the pun) “takes off,” it really could be a game-changer for international travel. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 1 Winter Driving Challenges: Some Tips Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:19:40 +0000 1. Driving properly in the rain The Telegraph has produced a detailed guide to driving in the rain, in response to claims that we have “months of winter storms” on the way. Such claims are so frequent, it’s hard to believe them until they come true. That said, recent weeks have delivered plenty of damp and drizzly weather. The guide mentioned above makes for a good read, but the key takeaway advice is to suitably adapt your driving style during wet weather, especially when it comes to being aware of increased stopping distances. As you’ve no doubt noticed, plenty of people ignore this advice, so driving defensively is another wise strategy to minimise the chances of other people’s poor driving affecting you. Winter driving 2. Correctly maintaining your car Winter is really not the time to find yourself on the roadside awaiting a recovery truck. As such, it’s also not the time to neglect properly maintaining your car. Pay attention to oil levels and tyre pressures, and don’t ignore any irritating faults that could become more of an issue further down the line. Most importantly, make sure you’ve actually got breakdown cover and that it hasn’t expired. 3. Driving in the snow Driving in the snow requires similar precautions to driving in the rain. While there’s no certainty of snow over the winter, it’s quite possible, especially in more northern parts of the UK. When the ground becomes covered with snow and ice, it’s worth taking seriously those warnings of “only travel if necessary.” If you can avoid a journey, give it some serious consideration, and if you must venture out, check the travel news and stick to well maintained major roads. 4. Dealing with the inevitable “travel chaos” You can be certain that there will be news reports of travel chaos all over the festive season, and if there’s no flexibility in your schedule you may have no option but to get caught up in some of it. Having said that, at the time of writing it’s only mid-November. Now’s the time to start thinking about your seasonal travel plans to see if you can make some intelligent decisions about when to undertake your major journeys. Christmas day falls on a Friday this year, so some people won’t have any option but to travel on a chaotic Christmas Eve. With that in mind, now may be the time to book some annual holiday to give you the freedom to travel on a different day. A little lateral thinking can help you avoid getting caught up in the inevitable tailbacks. 5. Being prepared Now’s the time to make sure you have a spare tyre, throw some provisions and warm jumpers in the boot of your car, and always make sure you have charge in your phone. That way you’re prepared for whatever this coming winter throws at you! IMAGE CREDIT: Geograph]]> 0 The Volkswagen Scandal: An Update Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:06:09 +0000 Will your VW be recalled? The first issue to address is the big recall. 1.2 Million of the 11 Million cars affected by the VW scandal are located in the UK,VW Scandal and VW and its subsidiaries will begin to recall them for corrective action from early next year. An interesting point, raised by The Telegraph last month, is that owners of affected vehicles won’t be legally obliged to take part in the recall. However, it would be foolish to ignore it, as your car will continue to be more polluting than it should be, and its resale value will potentially fall if the work hasn’t been done. On the flip side, reports suggest the vehicles could become slightly more expensive to run after the recall fix, to the tune of around £50 per year. What’s happening to Volkswagen now? VW, as a company, is in all sorts of trouble, facing legal action in multiple countries. According to a report in The Guardian, even VW’s investors are starting to launch lawsuits. There’s even talk that VW’s senior management are scared to travel to the US in case they are arrested in relation to the scandal. According to a separate report in The Guardian, one VW employee has had their passport confiscated in the US. VW’s share price has fallen by around 40% since the scandal broke, essentially almost halving the value of the company. Is there a future? Obviously Volkswagen is a huge global company, but it’s astonishing to have watched it fall so hard and fast. In the UK October’s sales figures painted a depressing picture. Across VW, Seat and Skoda, sales of new vehicles were down by an average of 15%, although Audi sales were unaffected. We shall keep our ears to the ground for any further news, especially relating to the recall. If you own an affected car, getting it fixed so it kicks out fewer emissions should be a top priority. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 is Changing! Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:23:10 +0000 We intend to provide you with more useful information and statistics than ever before, something you’ll begin to notice over the coming months as we implement our changes.

PetrolPrices Values

As a business, PetrolPrices has always operated with our members interests firmly in mind. Now that we are undergoing a special transformation, we feel it’s important to remind you that this focus will not change. To reinforce that, we have created a set of values by which we will go forward and exist as a company, they are:
  • Independence
  • Clarity
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
Thanks to our ten-year heritage helping you and your fellow British motorists find the cheapest fuel prices, we are perfectly placed to build on this by creating tools that will enable smarter driving for all of our members. When we say smarter driving, what we mean is that as well as finding the cheapest fuel, we will help you in many more ways, such as locating the best places to eat on your journey, advising you where the best/nearest toilet facilities are, suggesting ways to drive your car in the most fuel efficient way and helping you get the best motoring rewards.

The PetrolPrices Mobile App

Work is currently underway on creating a new, free to download PetrolPrices mobile app. Not only will this contain much more price information and updates, it will also include some very exciting new tools and services that you will be able to use use to enable smarter driving. As some members have pointed out, our existing app is showing its age, so you can be assured any existing issues will be addressed. Mobile app In order to provide you with a smarter driving experience, we will need to collect a little information about you as a motorist. This can be as simple as your car number plate or the area in which you live. This will enable us to provide free smarter driving services to our members.

We need YOUR Feedback!

We are also keen to draw on the collective intelligence of our members and ask YOU, via surveys, how we should lead the company, and get your feedback on the new products and services we look forward to providing you with in the near future. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll find a survey in your inbox quite soon, along with the opportunity to win a rather exciting prize as a thank you for your participation. The survey will be announced here too. In the meantime, if you have anything you would like to say about PetrolPrices, please use the comment section below, or feel free to send us a message via FaceBook or Twitter. We have also set up a special email address specifically for feedback, comments, queries and ideas, which is as follows:

We will try our very best to respond to your email queries within 48 hours, and give the most detailed response possible. We’re really sorry that we don’t currently provide a phone number for our business. If we did, the amount of time it would take to respond to your calls would mean we would not be able to develop the new PetrolPrices and make it as smart as possible for you, so please bear with us. For the same reasons, please do not send post; Although our address is listed on the website, we are a very small business and don’t have the capacity for postal response at present.

Looking to the Future

We’re very excited about this next chapter in the life of PetrolPrices and look forward to you joining us on the journey. The site has always been here for you, the consumer, so please do share your feedback so we can adapt our future offering around exactly what would help you the most as a motorist. Best Wishes, Jason David Lloyd – Managing Director, PetrolPrices.COM Ltd]]> 5
Plenty of Positive News on Petrol Prices Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:39:38 +0000 throughout October, and actually rose by 2% across the month. This could have led to some fluctuation in prices; Thankfully, it all happened to coincide with a strong period for Sterling against the Dollar, which prevented any noticeable increases reaching the customer. According to The Mirror, consumers are now paying an average of five Pounds per tank less for unleaded – and this adds up to quite a saving over the month. News is similarly good for diesel drivers, with the price of diesel how heading towards a six-year average low, to match the kind of prices we haven’t seen since as far back as 2009, according to a report in Fleet World. The inevitable question is “how low will it go?” and experience has taught us that making bold predictions on this score is something of a fool’s errand. Right now, oil does appear to be holding firm at less than $50 per barrel, suggesting we shouldn’t expect an increase in prices. Furthermore, just yesterday, multiple reports suggested the oversupply of oil in the US is more significant than previously thought, something else that could put downward pressure on the oil price. Nothing is certain, but we’re reasonably optimistic that we’ll be able to report some similarly positive news in the coming weeks. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 1 “Electronic” Car Theft on the Rise Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:49:56 +0000 shortcomings of some of these electronic devices to gain access to vehicles and drive them away. Furthermore, criminals can get in on the action by investing as little as £700 in specialist listening devices and “universal keys.” A recent report in The Telegraph reveals that 74% of vehicle thefts in France are achieved using these electronic means. The trend hasn’t quite hit that level in the UK, but the report quotes London’s metropolitan police as saying that “almost half” of the vehicles stolen in the capital are now taken via keyless means. Some cars are inherently easier to “hack” than others. The report points out particular shortcomings in the Smart Fortwo, the most frequently stolen car in France, which can apparently be “hacked” very simply. A system called Megamos Crypto, used by manufacturers including Audi, Honda and VW also contains an alleged security “weakness.” Ironically, until manufacturers address these security weaknesses, the ways to minimise risk to your car are decidedly low-tech: Park somewhere well-lit and ideally covered by CCTV so the thieves can be identified, and if you really want to make things difficult for them, consider an “old school” disk-lock to secure your steering wheel! IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 1 Henley Mayor Causes Gridlock! Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:18:24 +0000 Asda’s new price cap that will allow plenty of people to fill up their vehicles for less this weekend. We’re also seeing evidence of other forecourts rising to the challenge of dropping prices, which is once again raising our hopes of perhaps seeing fuel drop below the benchmark level of one Pound per litre. So, with that positive news in mind, we’ll end the week on a light note, with the story of the Mayor of Henley-on-Thames,Gridlock Lorraine Hillier. The Mayor parked in a loading bay outside a Sainsbury’s Local store this week, but failed to realise that the fact there was an emergency drainage lorry opposite meant nobody would be able to pass. As a result, she managed to cause a gridlock situation in her own town, as reported by AOL. Unsurprisingly, the story went viral, resulting in considerable embarrassment. The Mayor has since apologised on local radio, but perhaps didn’t endear herself to her constituents by defensively claiming she’d done nothing really wrong, as she was buying items for a business (her shop), in a work registered vehicle, making her parking in a loading bay legitimate. We’ll leave you to decide whether that sounds like a fair defence! IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0