Save even more on fuel on National Lift Share Day
News entry dated 01st Jun 2009

Unleaded is back at £1 a litre again for the first time since last October, and fuel tax will be going up again in September too. But thanks to liftshare there is another way of getting around by car for much less.

Car-sharing is a great way to save hundreds of pounds a year, reduce your impact on the environment, and perhaps even make some new friends. Over 330,000 people have already joined the liftshare network and thousands of new members are signing up every month, so the odds are that you will be able to find at least one person to give it a try with.

Tuesday 9 June is National Lift Share Day – an opportunity to give car-sharing a try, as many already have.

liftshare is free – you just need to register, add your journey details and do a search for others travelling the same way. You can then either offer them a lift in exchange for a contribution to the fuel costs, or take turns driving and leave your car at home several days a week.

They also have a great Tetris-esque game to play – warning, it’s addictive!

Chris B January 12, 2012

Transition town Leamington, not just Transport but Fuel storage (eg Cambridge Crude battery) and Security (eg IP v.6 Cisco for distributed power, home security). Also helping pioneers on Land Trusts. I help the Food Chain factor with Community Supported Agric and Cob Ovens.

Smellyfart October 5, 2010

It's time to end our addiction to oil and here's how we can do it:

A Twelve-Step Plan to End Oil Addiction (courtesy of The Oil Drum)

1. Stop deluding ourselves. The era of cheap, readily-available oil has ended. Prices may fluctuate, but the underlying trend is up, up, up. We have to get used to using less.

2. Demand that politicians take the issue seriously. Make it an election issue. Don't take 'we've got everything under control' as an answer.

3. Stop building new roads. They're a monumental waste of money, time and effort. They encourage, rather than ease congestion and besides, the growth in car travel that's used to justify them isn't going to happen anyway.

4. Divert that money and effort into measures that address the challenges of oil depletion and climate change.

5. Make a major investment in public transport. It needs to be better, faster, more comfortable, more regular and more predictable. It needs to cater for everyone, not just peak-hour commuters though they need a better service as well.

6. Make a major investment in broadband internet to allow more people to work from home and change tax and business practices that discourage working from home. The more car trips we can avoid, the better.

7. Electrify transport where possible. We should be electrifying commuter rail where it is not already electric and using light rail (trams) in the cities. On the other end of the scale, electric bikes and scooters can make a big difference in our cities. And electric cars show promise, though there's a lot of questions to be answered yet.

8. Don't use cars unless there's no alternative. Take the bus. Take the train. Switch to a scooter. Walk or cycle - both your wallet and your doctor will thank you.

9. Deal with other aspects of our oil dependence. Agriculture, for example, is highly dependent on oil. We're going to need to change the way we grow and distribute food. Let's get to work on that now, not wait until supermarket shelves start to empty.

10. Stockpile or manufacture vital products currently imported from overseas. When oil runs short, will that still be possible? Let's take stock now and work out what we may need to start stockpiling or making (again) in the UK.

11. Think local. Ending our oil addiction isn't just up to central government, though it can play its part. Communities can work together to make themselves more resilient. Join or start a Transition Towns group in your local area.

12. Accept reality. The age of cheap oil is over. It's not coming back. As individuals and as a nation, we have to adapt.

Ivan Burrows May 18, 2010

There is a campaign ongoing which entails not buying pertrol etc from the big three. That is Esso, BP and Shell. If their profits go to the wall they will have to bring down their prices and others will follow suite

Ivqan Burrows May 18, 2010

The authorities are charging VAT on Fuel Duty. Duty is charged on many iitems and follows the same trend. To charge VAT on duty is in fact charging tax on the tax we pay as duty, therefor we are paying tax on tax as it were. What this boils down to is paying VAT (Value Added tAX) on something we get nothing for. We are paying tax on nothing in physical effect so there is no value involved and VAT is not appropriate. Removing this unfair tax would bring petrol down to 96.04p and 57.19p of this would be duty. A further 5p can be for delivery to the garage. Somebody should be in prison for extortion.

Kellerman April 7, 2010

Oil prices have recently DROPPED? They're at an 18-month high! What crack brand is he smoking and where can I get it?

I wish I'd invested in oil during 2009's price collapse. I'd have doubled my return by now.

Kay Kaye April 6, 2010

Government ruthless Tax ... I just rang Morrisons to find out the price of their fuel since it is different in different towns - and they said quote
"It is 116.9 at the moment but we have been told to increase the tax on it so that it is 120.9 - when I asked him why - he said he didn't know especially as Oil prices have recently dropped !

Out with this Government once and for all...!

N Nixon April 6, 2010

Now its £1.26 per litre and we are still letting them get away with it, whats wrong with this country NO GUTS

Karl Ballentine April 6, 2010

So the General Election is about to be called.
A lot of votes could be won by the party that pledges to freeze fuel duty and the VAT on fuel for their entire term of office. 100/1
Or, introduce the Fuel Duty Stabiliser.50/1.
Or, they could say that it will be business as usual and raise fuel duty twice a year at the budget. 1000/1. They won't say this, because it will cost them votes, but they'll do it anyway.

Kellerman April 5, 2010

The good news, though, is I see the oil price coming down from any price spike in the near future (we're up to $86 a barrel now, a 17-month high).

The bad news is, the spike will diappear precisely because our economy's supposed rebound gets killed from the get go by raising energy costs. We're testing the limits each time the globe recovers, and these limits will get ever lower as our economy gets weaker with each bang against the price ceiling (imagine how bad it will be this year if we repeat the spike of 2008 in oil, which easily killed off such massive growth we had. It won't take much to turn that around now).

John April 5, 2010

So, we are now being attacked from three sides; taxation, lower pound value and rising oil price. I dread to think what the price of unleaded will be in 2 weeks time.

Btw, was looking around Google streetview the other day, so the evidence is there. A year ago, my local Esso station had u/l at 92.9 and diesel at 100.9 and further back the differential was 12ppl. Today, at the same station, prices are 120.9 for both fuels. What has happened over the last 12 months to close the gap?

Kellerman April 4, 2010

I should add that regardless of who you vote in come May, they will inherit the same decrepit system that has been rotting since at least the '70s. It is no single administration's fault, but the people certainly didn't mind voting them in to keep business as usual going that bit longer. Apparently you can't run a country off debt and financial instruments alone, nor is living from credit card to credit card a sustainable model.

And now everyone on the street who failed highschool economics is about to get a reality check. It sucks, but that's just too bad. Maybe people can actually take some responsibility and live within their means (I earn less than £20k, have no debt and own no credit cards, plus I rent, because the baby boomers made my chances of being able to afford a mortgage impossible).

So far, though, all I see is a load of disillusioned whiners on a blog complaining about matters they don't fully understand. It's a Greek tragedy. Not to worry. Our brethren in the US, Germany, Ireland and Greece will be joining us in the downward slope very soon, if not, sooner.

One last tip: learn Mandarin.

Kellerman April 4, 2010

Mark Pruden: Sure, they can drive a 4X4, but they better enjoy paying far more for that privilege (and it _is_ a privilege, not a right, to drive a gas guzzler).

But I suppose the entitlement generation believes that, even in an era of fast dwindling fossil fuel energy, they should be allowed to squander such a precious resource on driving stupidly large penís compensation vehicles to the local store for a snack or to drop the kids off round the block at school.

Also, whining about tax increases is hilarious. Guess what? The country is insolvent virtually. We can stop the tax increases immediately by having a debt jubilee and basically wipe the slate clean. Enjoy trying to buy anything with the worthless currency you call sterling if you go that route, though. The rest of the world will simply deem the UK uninvestable, and if you think it sucks now, try hyperinflation. You can at least buy groceries still now without using all your savings to buy a loaf of bread, a la Weimar Republic style.

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Mark Pruden April 1, 2010

well i just dont understand, why is it we, the motorist are penalised. why should we have to pay through the nose,for vehicle tax and petrol. because you like to drive a car of your choice.

if someone wants to drive a 4x4 does it matter. if they enjoy it let them. it seems to me. its about jealousy.

Sian Morris March 29, 2010

ok, Budget has yet again increased our misery in this financial economy; why oh why do us Brits just moan about and yet still carry on paying it .......

We put the Government into post and have the perfect chance now to stand up and take action, it is time we stood together as a nation and showed that we are not just a country of moaners but a country of action

Steve The Pore Garage Owner March 25, 2010

Did you know that 5% of the unleaded you buy is Bio-ethanol from renewable sources

Did you know that Bio-ethanol costs 14p per litre more than unleaded per litre ?

Did you know that the government has been subsidising this Bio-ethanol so that it has been introduced without a price rise ? Until now !!

As from 1st April 2010 this subsidy will be removed adding 0.7p per litre plus VAT = 0.823p

As from 1st April 2010 fuel duty will increase by 1 pence per litre + VAT = 1.175pence.

Therefore ignoring the cost of oil and the low value of the pound, the cost of a litre of Unleaded will increase on 1st April by 1.998 pence per litre.

But we can't ignore the low value of the £ against the $ as it has reached its lowest point for a year at $1.4913 and the cost of a barrel has reached $80.28

This equates to

Cost of 1 litre unleaded = 40.262 pence
Duty on 1 Litre unleaded = 57.19 pence
VAT on 1 litre unleaded @ £1.199 = 17.86 pence

This leaves a profit margin of 3.905pence (excl VAT) per litre to share between the fuel suppliers and the Petrol station


Government take per Litre = 75.05 pence
Petrol station take per Litre = 2.00 pence
Supplier take per Litre = 1.90 pence
Cost of productpe Litre = 40.262 pence

So who's ripping who off ?

As per #180 Why don't we boycott the people making a fortune out of petrol - the Government !

Diesel is the same story as above

(When oil reached $147 a barrel the £ was worth $2.10 (25% more) Fuel Duty was 50.35pence per litre ( 6.84 pence less than now or 8.04 pence including VAT)) Do the maths yourselves

Karl Ballentine March 25, 2010

Why are people falling for this pyramid e-mail shite?
300 million people????????????????????????????
Theres only 67 million people in Britain of which only 27 million of them drive so where's the other 273 million coming from.
Boycott this boycott that garage. Do the sums first will you or did Shell or Esso want to charge you for air for your tyres and they cheesed you off.

Calum Ogilvie March 24, 2010

Someone sent the following email to me just today. It has the makings of a plan to help bring fuel prices down, but see what you think:
"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 114.9 a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying 1.50 a ltr. Someone has offered this good idea which 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... ..THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

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

Dazza March 24, 2010

well there we go 1 p increase not even a freeze
this shower of robbers will NEVER get my vote

anyine who thinks its great can beat it with them

James Ferguson March 19, 2010

I like in Glasgow but work in central Scotland. I do 500 miles a week from home to office. A further 500 business miles. When is the goverment and tax office going to raise the allowances that were set years ago. I.E i can only claim 12p per mile to compensate for the fuel and wear and tear on my car. COME ON !!

lets all get together and get the increase we deserve that has been overdue for years and years.....

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