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  • Location: Back in Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Location: Back in Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)

    All I can say is if you are suffering fuel poverty go buy a car that does 65mpg because the only way fuel will come down is when the price of a barrel drops ,the tax will never drop!

    indeed many people forget that cars are far more fuel efficient than the were even 10 years ago..so in some respects in real terms how much is spent on fuel has remained the same.

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  • Location: halifax 125m
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  • Location: halifax 125m

    Is there anything we can proactively do to combat it, realistically? Would a sudden and regular fall in sales force action from the government? I'm thinking along the lines of a "Walk to work Wednesday" initiative. Sadly, I can't see the public ever working together collectively to make such an idea a reality.

    You may be surprised how many more people walk more than they used to and you may have noticed an explosion in cycles on the roads

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Lowering petrol prices would harm the heavily subsisidised and electorate friendly alternative car market. You'll have to put up with it until electric cars reach parity.

    That must be the most 'imaginative' excuse for the fuel cartel I've ever heard, SB. It's a cracker!Posted Image 

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  • Location: Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex 30Mtr ASL
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  • Location: Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex 30Mtr ASL

    You may be surprised how many more people walk more than they used to and you may have noticed an explosion in cycles on the roads

    What made them explode? Over inflated tyres? Posted Image Posted Image

    On a serious note I agree with you. In the mornings I always walk down to the railway station come rain or shine a distance of just under two miles and I have noticed over the past year more and more people are doing the same.

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  • Location: Stoke Gifford, Bristol
  • Location: Stoke Gifford, Bristol

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/63554/fuel-sales-down

    Petrol sales already lowest since 2007. Therefore demand has already dropped off.

    Covered the UK govt tax-take in a similar thread a while ago - UK is not much different than a lot of EU countries now. Not defending it by any means but we aint really out of line now.

    In fact, i was in Italy a few weeks ago and their fuel prices are dearer than ours.

    Diesel seems to be cheaper than unleaded petrol on the continent though in direct contrast to the UK.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    Just back from French holiday and paid about £1.10 a litre for diesel.

     

    Should have bought back a tanker full, I'd have bought some!

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  • Location: Stoke Gifford, Bristol
  • Location: Stoke Gifford, Bristol

    These are prices from mid-July - i think this website updates once/month or so on prices across Europe.

    As you can see it's only the UK and a handful of other countries that charge more for diesel than unleaded.

    Italy is the dearest in Europe now.

    http://www.drive-alive.co.uk/fuel_prices_europe.html

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  • Location: Back in Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Location: Back in Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)

    These are prices from mid-July - i think this website updates once/month or so on prices across Europe.

    As you can see it's only the UK and a handful of other countries that charge more for diesel than unleaded.

    Italy is the dearest in Europe now.

    http://www.drive-alive.co.uk/fuel_prices_europe.html

    Its interesting that Norway has by far the highest petrol cost at the pumps yet has some of the biggest oil fields in Europe?

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    Its interesting that Norway has by far the highest petrol cost at the pumps yet has some of the biggest oil fields in Europe?

     

    Extreme fiscal conservatives. They tax everything highly (a pint costs about £8) and while infrastructure is good it's not spent wildly on white elephants, additionally they invest and have a law preventing the treasury using more than about 5% each year.

     

    They may be too socialist in some regards but they are to be admired for their prudence.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

     

    The RAC believes that the average price of petrol and diesel will drop by as much as 4p per litre in the coming weeks, following a fall in the wholesale cost of fuel. The reduction – 4p in petrol and 2p in diesel – would mean average prices of around 129p and 137p respectively – taking the cost of fuel down to 2011 levels.
     
    The announcement follows the news that Britain’s supermarkets are going to war at the forecourt, with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all announcing significant cuts in the price of petrol and diesel. The 12-month retail price high points for both petrol and diesel came on 5 March 2013, with unleaded at an average price of 140.03p and diesel 146.46p. Unleaded reached a 12-month average retail low on 8 January at 131.93p whereas diesel’s low came on 13 May at 138.05p.
     
    Since May, however, prices of both fuels began to slowly rise again until they were reversed by the supermarkets’ mid-September reductions. The RAC is confident fuel retailers will continue to pass on reductions in the wholesale price of petrol and diesel to further ease pressure at the pumps for motorists.
     
    RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: ‘Fuel retailers have clearly demonstrated the transparency of their operations by cutting more off a litre of fuel than many people will be able to remember. As well as saving people hard-earned cash at the pumps, this level of transparency has no doubt created a lot of goodwill with their customers. ‘Motorists often complain that prices seem to go up far faster than they come down, but this autumn is proof that this is not necessarily the case.’

     

     

    http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/news/news-pump-prices-tipped-hit-two-year-low/

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    Enjoy it while it lasts, if the global economy gets back to business then through the 2020's we'll probably be headed for £2 a litre unless government keeps the tax off.

     

    Of course with electric cars falling towards parity and charging being rolled out that may not be such a bad thing.

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