Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FairFuelUK Launches Biggest ever Invitation to the British Public and Business Community for Evidence of ‘Rip Off’ Petrol/Diesel Prices



FairFuelUK has today launched the biggest ever quest for evidence of ‘rip off’ prices in the Petrol & Diesel market. The campaign group has emailed its hundreds of thousands of supporters all across Britain inviting them to submit their experiences of pump prices onto a special ‘evidence gathering’ page on www.fairfueluk.com. The information collected will be collated and submitted to the Office of Fair Trading within weeks.

National spokesman for FairFuelUK, Quentin Willson said, ‘This has never been done before on this scale. This is a unique and vital opportunity for long suffering British business and the great British public to have their say. I’m urging everyone and every business to tell us their ‘horror stories’ of huge pump price variations across their area, of supermarkets who seem to raise prices for no reason and how they have seen pump prices hardly fall when Oil prices have fallen. We fought long and hard to get the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Board

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[ posted by Joe, 25.09.12 11:45 ]

Prices locally vary by as much as 5p per litre of diesel. Local retailers rarely,
if ever pass on savings when oil price drops make the news, or if they do drop its
never for long. Drops usually equate to a penny or
two, rises are usually higher. I can see no reason for such large variances,
especially over such short time periods. It's
now got to the point my car is off the road as much as possible as prices are quite simply shocking. Surely this must be having an impact on the economy as its prohibitive to business and leisure.


[ posted by Karen Maloney, 25.09.12 12:16 ]

Unleaded has risen from 132.9 to 139.9 locally in a matter of weeks. What is the reason for this.? You fought so hard to stop the 3p litre price rise in August, yet petrol has risen by 7p a litre.


[ posted by john dee, 25.09.12 13:47 ]

our local stores put their prices up on the same day and by the same amount but very rarely bring it down. over the last few months i have seen a rise of 8 p a litre and when i have questioned them it is always, its the price of crude keeps going up.... the local garages have gone up by up to 11p and never anything said about why ....i see this price rise as a cover in case the oft finds in favour of the motorist and they will proceed to drop it by 2 p max . and we thought robin hood was dead.....


[ posted by Richard Gibson, 25.09.12 14:40 ]

I live in rural North west wales. Fuel prices at local fuel stations always fall and rise on the same day and by the same amounts, regardless of the rise/fall in oil price - there is obvious price fixing at a local level. Currently 143.9 unleaded and 146.9 diesel. Have been at this level since the start of summer holidays. Prices around here always increase during school holidays as we live in a heavy use tourist area, prices usually come down the day after the holidays are over, not this time though. we were paying 142.9 for unleaded in August when i took a road trip to Shrewsbury where unleaded at the time was 132.9!!! The days of using fuel for anything but bare necessities are long gone, which freezes up the economy, pusinh prices up further, we are stuck in an upward spiral which will continue until fuel price fixing and excessive fuel taxes are curbed. I do not understand how government ministers cannot see that decreasing fuel duty would spring board the economy and also bring in greater revenue as people start to move around more, spending more and consequently buying more fuel. Not exactly green i know, but necessity for the fiscal health of the country.


[ posted by Carolyn Wenham, 25.09.12 15:21 ]

I can not remember any time at all when petrol prices have come back down by the same amount which it went up when they say oil prices had gone up..... Up by 10p a litre but then only down by 2-3 p...... It is absolutely disgusting that we, the drivers are always ripped off wether it be for price of fuel or costs of running transport.
Rip Off Britain ....STOP NOW and give drivers a fair deal


[ posted by Richard Smith, 25.09.12 21:48 ]

Diesel prices up again,van parked up,I'm going nowhere and I'm spending nowt until they fall again,and that's all you have to do,don't buy it,its ridiculously priced,the only reason they charge so much for the stuff is because we have been daft enough to pay it, when prices rise stop buying,when prices fall start buying,simple,and yes unfortunately that might mean sacrifice ! Sorry


[ posted by jim king, 26.09.12 18:45 ]

Today, I was allowed to use my own car. Rare, as the mrs normally wants it. So off i went i got less than 1/2 mile before the fuel light lit. Now i know why i got my car back I filled it. It cost me just over £80. Its a diesel honda accord. This cant go on. This is just silly.


[ posted by jason merryman, 26.09.12 19:46 ]

cant afford to keep on going on nice drives anymore.if it keeps going on, wont be able to afford to go work.


[ posted by Maxine carlin, 27.09.12 07:35 ]

Things have changed so bad petrol, food, electric , mortgage payments, everything has went up people can't afford to live anymore we re all just surviving and soon it's going to all crash we won't be able to pay the mortgage drive our cars etc. Alot of us work to pay our bills can't afford to take our kids on a day out never mind think about planning a holiday . It disgusts me . Government have ran us into poverty .


[ posted by Jim, 27.09.12 12:16 ]

Its only going to get worse Maxine, They will keep on taking for as long as they can, Once they have turned us all into medievall style Peasants, they will take what little purchacing power we have left by printing money, and inflating its value away.

If they wanted to do whats right they would raise interest rates, cut taxes, cut business regulations, and most important of all STOP SPENDING. But governments don't want to do whats right, they cant see beyond the next election. They will stop at nothing to buy votes, at any price, even if that price is our future.


[ posted by David Wall, 28.09.12 11:57 ]

I live on Anglesey North Wales , can someone please tell me WHY on the island diesel is now £144.9 a litre yet if i go to Llandudno ,which is only 20 miles away its only £139.9 .
every time the price of oil goes up its straight away yet when the price of oil comes down its days if not weeks before it trickles down to us motorists


[ posted by Nick, 28.09.12 13:38 ]

It's good news that the price is rising, and even more so that a large proportion of its cost is tax. What better disincentive for wasting such a valuable and finite resource? We must always remember that vehicle use ownership is an unsustainable luxury not available to most people in the world.

O.K. I know that rural communities suffer with high prices, but perhaps the government could arrange subsidies for the most needy. As for the rest of us, fuel is still relatively cheaper than it was before the early seventies and most cars jammed up on our roads only have a single occupant. In fact people still leave their engine running when parked up and waiting. If turning a key 90 degrees is such a big effort the only conclusion is that fuel is still far too cheap!


[ posted by Jim King, 29.09.12 09:06 ]

Nick - I live in west cumbria. That's about as rural as it gets, we need our cars. We have no other option. To your idea of fuel subsidies i can only ask where will the governement get the money for them? oh yeah, they will tax us all even more wont they. by the way is your surname Clegg by any chance?


[ posted by Nick, 01.10.12 13:48 ]

Jim, the proportion of the population qualifying for subsidies would be very small. And yes, there will be more than sufficient funds from higher fuel taxes. You may feel aggrieved now, but what will you do when fuel starts to run out and prices escalate out of all proportion? Hopefully this won't happen for another twenty or thirty years, but there are very good arguments to say we have already arrived at the point of Peak Oil. With no viable alternatives for such essential things as road transport and agriculture, the developed world is doomed. Perhaps you may not see it in your lifetime, but what a terrible legacy to leave for our descendants?
Surely the only course action is to treat this precious resource with utmost care; pricing it highly at source, rather than trying to develop complex taxes downstream, dependent on emission ratings, road use and all the other indirect and corruptible measures. Only by restricting use might we have enough time to develop the more-sustainable technologies that are so desperately required to replace oil and gas.


[ posted by Jim king, 02.10.12 17:52 ]

Thanks for your reply Nick, I can see from it that you do mean well. but it wont work. You see by increasing the tax on fuel, and subsidising fuel to others, all you actually do is force others to pay for my fuel, and pave the way for an even healthier revenue stream for the government, so they don't want to end it. If on the otherhand the government butt out then entrepreneurs, would have more capital, and less restriction, to invest in the new sustainable fuel. The invisible hand of the free market is always the better answer. The market is so much better at regulating than self interested beuracrats in London, who have no right dictating what each person should pay. The free market would lead the entrepreneurs, to invest in new solutions, because these will yield them the best profits, so its in their interest they be sustainable. not the government robbing people and making it not worth investing, so they get a higher tax payment to blow on consumption. That is the basic flaw with all subsidy payments.


[ posted by Nick, 05.10.12 13:16 ]

Jim, you make some good points, although of course I'm bound to disagree... It's true that a free market is generally best, but as we saw with the banking fiasco, governments are needed to provide some degree of regulation. If fuel tax were lowered, consumption would rise and the greatest beneficiaries would be the oil companies. There would then be even less incentive for investment in sustainable technologies - the oil tycoons like to 'eat, drink and be merry' as much as the bankers did! On the other hand, higher fuel taxes will force consumers to look at sustainable alternatives (which are usually more expensive, at least in the short term). This is where your entrepreneurs come in, 'necessity being the mother of invention' and all that.
And why do we always view governments as greedy for our hard-earned taxes? You might whinge about MP expenses, but these are drops in the ocean compared with the spending on essential services that we all benefit from. Nobody complained when New Labour was investing in schools and hospitals, yet they should have been if they were really concerned about irresponsible, robbing governments, because it was being done on credit!


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