Friday, April 5, 2013

Reacting to news that 20% less petrol is purchased now compared to 5 years ago FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Willson said: 'Petrol has become so unaffordable for so many that high prices have changed our buying patterns completely. Such a huge fall in consumption is proof that we've reached a point where consumers have had enough.’


Howard Cox, Co-founder of FairFuelUK said:'The price of petrol (and diesel) has gone way beyond acceptable and practical economic sense. The current levels of prices at the pumps are inhibiting UK growth, business investment, employment and social interaction.It's time now to listen to all the evidence and significantly cut fuel duty to stimulate the economy and motivate businesses and the public. It's plain common sense!'

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[ posted by Stuart King, 05.04.13 15:25 ]

Being a disabled pensioner it`s hit me as much as every person, but now I have to juggle between my household gas or car?? so my petrol money goes on gas now, and when we finally get a summer, I can turn off the heating and go out in the car. I used to be able to do both, but no more.... and along with all the other cuts, and food price rises I feel this is no longer (Great Britain).


[ posted by Ian Craddock, 05.04.13 15:28 ]

I like many people work about 100 miles from home. I started this job 5 years ago and my salary has certainly not kept up with the rise in fuel. I am at the point now where I have to look for another job closer to home as the home budget cannot keep up with the cost increase in fuel. When it costs less then five pounds for 20 litres of unleaded in the Middle East why do we have to accept the level of taxation that makes our fuel cost nearly 30 pounds for 20 litres ?


[ posted by M OHara, 05.04.13 15:29 ]

Had enough? Too right we have had enough! Fuel costs are crippling I live in a rural area where public transport is poor to say the least fuel costs are higher than inner cities and driving is a necessity not a luxury. My monthly fuel bill is bigger than my mortgage! my wages as a public sector employee have been frozen now for the past 5 years so my disposable income has plummeted, I cant remember the last time I purchased a none essential item ! When is the treasury going to start taking any notice of ordinary people who are at their wits end?


[ posted by Roger Neal, 05.04.13 15:43 ]

More than had enough! My wife went into hospital for anoperation today, they say that having regular visitors twice a day helps a patient to recover more quickly. The cost of fuel on top of the parking charges is breaking our bank. Should I visit and speed her recovery, or should I not spend the money and prolong her stay in hospital at extra cost to the NHS? Devil and deep situation! Damned if I do & damned if I don't! Who cares? Certainly not our elected representatives!


[ posted by Tony Humphries, 05.04.13 17:21 ]

I barely go anywhere in my car anymore except essential work journeys, rarely see my friends and family that live more than walking distance away and no longer have anywhere near the disposable income I used to have, for the first time in my life (and I'm 40) I have had to spread my council tax bill over 12 months instead of paying it off over 10 months! Why because my disposable income is non existent....all I do is pay bills and work.

Everytime I goto the supermarket seems like the prices have either risen or there's less items in the packets!

All us normal average salary working people are being crippled by the high taxation on fuel and something needs to be done and I think the only way the Government will take notice is another strike like the one in the early 90's


[ posted by Dick Smith, 05.04.13 18:05 ]

Cant these twits see that if you have to pay more for fuel, you will use less, lower the price you buy more, same with train and fares, keep putting them up, less people use them, makes common sence to me.


[ posted by Darren Parry, 05.04.13 21:12 ]

Can any of you think beyond burning oil? It's going to RUN OUT within many of our lifetimes! You should be campaigning for better, cleaner forms of transport (doesn't have to be public) and people not having to travel stupid distances on our crumbling, snarled-up roads to get to jobs, facilities, friends and family (why is it so many families are scattered so far and wide?!?) Cheaper petrol and diesel might feel good in the short term; but then they will inevitably go up and up and up due to ever-increasing demand and dwindling supplies of oil. What are we going to do then? Invade another Arab country??!


[ posted by Michelle, 05.04.13 23:25 ]

When is fair fuel going to get this government to start talking about fuel goes up tax comes down. You seem to talk a lot about helping consumers but fail to see much action from you guys.
Maybe it is time for the people to take direct action


[ posted by Julian Hicks, 07.04.13 21:24 ]

Why are fuel companies so slow to drop the price at the pumps when the price of oil falls ?
At the moment Brent crude is at 104$ a barell with the exchange rate at around 1.53 to the pound giving a Sterling price of 67 pounds for a barrel. A few weeks ago the Sterling equivalent was 75 pounds a barrel yet the price at the pumps is still at all time highs.... Last time oil peaked at around 140.00 $ a barrel with a Sterling equivalent of 70.00 pounds, unleaded peaked at 1.20 a litre... We should at the most be paying that per litre if not slightly less.. Shows how much the forecourts are ripping us off at the moment... almost to the tune of 20p a litre...


[ posted by Andy, 12.04.13 13:35 ]

You keep going on about cutting 3p would help, it won't, it HAS to be a lot more than just a couple of pence, with the price of Diesel in my area now at £1:46 a litre, the cut needs to be at least a MINIMUM of 40p a litre, until that happens everyone is still going to suffer, well except for the politicians that is...


[ posted by Jim King, 12.04.13 14:33 ]

in reply to Darren Parry. You do make a very good point here Darren, and yeah you are right that new fuels need investment and development. The electric car (battery power) is a bit of a red herring though. At the moment the best batteries we have are Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo) ones. They do have several disadvantages though, they wont ever hold a full charge again if you fully drain them, Explosions do frequently occur too (overcharging, shorting, any damage, incorrect charge voltage can all cause explosions/fire) ask any RC aircraft enthusiast.

Think the best bet at the moment is for the Hydrogen fuel cell to power an electric car. Creating electricity on demand from Hydrogen. This would require investment, firstly to make the Hydrogen as safe as possible when stored (both in the car and at the fuel stations) would require of course fuel station upgrades (in almost all fuel stations). This type of technology could work, and even the EU would have a hard time saying what a scarce resource the most abundant element of them all is.

Hydrogen I think is the way forward, however it requires investment and development. Sadly no entrepreneurs or small businesses have the investment required. They are being forced to spend it all on current fuel duty.


[ posted by Yvonne, 12.04.13 14:48 ]

I used to be able to drive to Littlehampton to visit my son. I can't do that now. I am sick and disabled and rely on benefits to live. That means there is nothing for "luxuries" - the mobility allowance used to be a help, now it isnt enough.
Andy is right, it needs to be 40p or I would say 50p cut.


[ posted by Maureen, 12.04.13 21:01 ]

Just wanted to say what a sterling job you and the team are doing. High fuel prices affect everyone in the Country with the affect on haulage costs and your persistence seems to be bearing fruit. Thank you!


[ posted by chas, 12.04.13 22:30 ]

I moved back to scotland from Brittany for my sins in 2007 diesel and petrol their was around a euro a litre , i got a shock when i needed diesel here it was anything from £1.10.9 to £1.20.9 then went steadily up since our local filling station is often hitting £1.48.9 a litre of diesel at present its come down to £1. 43.9 , what annoys me is fuel taxed from when it reaches our shores , taxed again after it reaches the pumps plus vat at 20% which means we pay on £20 of fuel vat of £3.68 so in actual fact we are only getting £16.42 worth of fuel every time we put £20 worth in , think it would be a good idea to remove the vat its not as if the governments cant afford it .


[ posted by Jim King, 23.04.13 22:45 ]

Not quite Chaz, its much worse than that.
See using your example of 143.9 p per litre then for every £20 (which buys you almost 13.9 litres)

You actually only get £8.61 worth of fuel.
£8.05 is fuel duty,
£1.72 is VAT on your fuel,
£1.61 is VAT on the fuel duty.


[ posted by John Carr, 24.04.13 10:31 ]

Why not fund a reduction in fuel duty by making a cut in the massive level of foreign aid the UK dishes out unquestioningly? Public services and jobs are being cut, the NHS is underfunded and yet our government has clearly stated that it will ringfence foreign aid. We give nearly £12 BILLION and rising away every year and furthermore it is intended to enshrine 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid into law very soon. Only the USA give more than us, all other countries a lot less. Why?? A reduction of say 25% in the aid bill would easily fund a 50p cut in fuel duty that we all so dearly need yet the government say they cannot afford such a reduction in fuel duty revenue. It is utterly incomprehensible as to why we are so generous in giving aid when we have such dire economic problems on the home front. It seems to me that our government are always concerned about what other countries 'will think of us' if we dont maintain the current level of aid. It is all so very wrong.


[ posted by Thomas Waters, 15.05.13 16:31 ]

Sorry folks, we are all beating our heads against a brick wall, this and every other government just has no idea on how to run our country, there main interest is in self betterment, they can afford all that they need, directorship, a couple of other odd jobs here and there, that only need a quick pop in the door, sign your name and bobs your uncle, cheap food, cheap booze, a great unjustified expense sheet, a cushy life, who need any hassle, a bunch of donkey's led by a mule, will we ever get a government fit for PURPOSE, we cant do any worse than UK.I.P, to use a Maggie Thatcher phrase, THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR TURNING, your damned right its not, its bugger you Jack, i,m alright, we want your money and were going to take it, and we let them!!.


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