Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here are comments from 50 Road Users on the impact on their lives of high petrol and diesel prices...chosen at random from 27,000 received in the last 6 weeks...  [ADD YOUR COMMENTS TOO]

  1. I have to use my car for work or get 2 trains I work a 12 hr days and it takes me 1hr to and from work I am tired when I get home had to cut my hrs because of my health just now I have to do 12hrs because I can’t afford the petrol on 6 hrs a day I work a 48 hr wk and any help with petrol is great I’m not a greedy person but I am on my own with all my bills and a mortgage to keep up so I have to buy lees food as I don't ask for hand outs I think the government should help people who try I work in a nursing home and it’s very hard work but we have to turn up to look after those residents so we have to have petrol thank you and good luck

  2. I ran my own small transport business for 19 years. Closed down in 2009 mainly due to fuel increases effecting my bottom line profit figures. It became untenable to employ drivers and buy new vehicle because the price rises of diesel were cutting the profit margins so much that it wasn't worth the hassle.

  3. Unfortunately we cannot travel to see older relatives that live a long distance away because of the cost of fuel prices.Tried looking at train prices and just not viable on costs and inconvenience as well.

  4. Apart from my own direct costs it has increased the price of virtually every material and product associated with my business, driving up prices and making work harder to win even while cutting profits.

  5. Everyone who needs a car has been punished time and again with higher pump just is not fair, I have cut the amount I of food I buy, I have less money to spend on gas etc...So I do not put the heating on. I do not use the car to go anywhere that is not work involved...I stay home from Friday evening till Monday morning nearly all the weekend as I am worried about the cost of fuel...I have changed my car to the smallest I can ..Life is not fair, as I get older and now a widow I get very lonely

  6. Fuel prices affect our family social life. We now have to add the cost of fuel to the list when considering a day out with our children. We've haven't been able to afford a holiday this year due to the cost of fuel for travelling. we live in a rural area where bus services are few and very far inbetween - there is NO feasible alternative to using a car and so we have no choice but to pay for fuel, regardless of the price. Our village now doesn't even have a village shop, so we have to travel 4 miles or more to buy anything.

  7. Manufacturing industry has been hit hardest by production and transport costs. I see more and more foreign vehicles delivering goods to the UK using cheaper foreign diesel. This is killing local hauliers and UK manufacturing and as businesses close they never reopen. In 10 years’ time the tide will be irreversible and when I look at Scotland now I see the same coming to the UK. Irreversible decline.

  8. I now go out less, spend less on heating and shopping because the nearest hospital is 26 miles away and I need to keep enough fuel in the car in case of emergencies.

  9. I am thinking about changing to a job closer to home that will save me hundreds of pounds in fuel but also reduce the amount of income tax the government collects as it will be on a lower salary. They will also have to start paying me child benefit again due to lower salary. In other words, it will cost the government money if I change jobs.

  10. I very rarely go shopping anymore (apart from food) because as I live in a rural area, I have to travel at least 40 mile round trip to the nearest big town, and the cost of parking and petrol has just got too expensive. I believe if the cost of fuel came down it would help the economy get back on its feet.

  11. Use car as little as possible at weekends. Struggle to afford fuel towards the end of month as my job requires me to drive to meetings and then wait over a month to get the expenses back. Can't afford to visit elderly parents very often. Depressing seeing costs go up at petrol stations and then worry about how we will manage.

  12. Used to be able to visit existing and potential customers, now can't afford to so business dropping. Its common sense that a cut in fuel duty would help small businesses.

  13. I'm a fee paid foster carer I have to take the children/young people who live here to many different places the allowance for this has not risen for four years but the price of diesel has risen out of control

  14. It has significant impact on the price I need to charge for my business services, as most of my clients also live in rural areas. Some may be within 10 miles of my home but others are approximately 150 miles away. Considering that the minimum number of trips I need to make to a client per job is usually 3, I have to allow for the significant (and generally increasing) cost of fuel when charging for the service. High fuel costs are effectively shrinking my potential client base/market. This is a clear example of how these costs are preventing a UK small business from growing.

  15. I would get the train to work if it was reliable and ran early enough. I work in intensive care on a busy neonatal unit in Birmingham city. I need to be on time and reliable. I do not want to live in a big city, but at times I worry that I am spending a lot of income just on petrol to commute to a very difficult job. I am also pregnant and money is valuable to save enough for childcare so I can go to work, so I may have to cut my hours down even less!

  16. Pump prices are preventing investment in equipment and also expansion of my business.

  17. Diesel is now my main expense on the farm other than food costs for animals

  18. The constant uncertainty with fuel prices makes any medium - long term planning almost impossible, holding back investment and growth

  19. Now visit family and go out less as am conscious of how much it is going to cost and as I live in a rural area this means that we become more insular also have noticed the price of food and daily living items have continued to rise therefore making it more expensive to go out.

  20. When I first started this business in 2007, fuel was £0.89 per litre, and I was charging £22 per hour for driving lessons with some discounts for students, block booking, etc. My recent fuel costs are £136.9 per litre, and due to market conditions I am charging £20 per hour, often discounted to £18. Add to this the inflation on the cost of oil, tyres, and servicing, I don't think I am exaggerating when I say my profits are being severely squeezed!

  21. Over the last four years the economic downturn has presented tough times for most businesses but the road haulage sector has had to battle with ongoing fuel increases as well. This 'double edged ' sword has led to some unpleasant decisions regarding reducing staff numbers and cancelling any capital investment in new vehicles. The amount of companies in our transport sector that have ceased trading/gone bust, most of which are old established companies, has been very worrying! Each government adopts the same philosophy of not appearing to be concerned but I'm sure they will when some high profile projects are way behind schedule when there aren't enough trucks to service them.

  22. I work to fill my next tank full of fuel to work to fill my next tank full of fuel , treadmill of misery , no growth , no new expansion plans , it’s getting worse , much worse , unemployment is just around the corner I fear !

  23. Fuel prices are ridiculous, the difference between petrol and diesel is a joke. Diesel is much cheaper to produce then petrol, but is 7p on average dearer to buy. Everyone can see the oil companies are fixing prices!!! The prices raised by 50p litre over a 2 year period blaming the war in Iraq etc. but have never gone down by any more than a few then a few pence!!! The threat to the oil fields have all but gone and yet still the price of petrol/diesel is over £1.35 a litre, with inflation at the pre Iraq war, it should be around .94 pence a litre

  24. I have to drive to work given the distance and we're trapped in the house due to negative equity so moving isn't an option. I also have to pay for my wife’s car who stays at home to look after the children, though she's walking more often, at this time of year with current weather conditions, it's just not practical to walk.

  25. As usual it is the poorer people - those on low incomes or who have small independent businesses who suffer. The rich don't care about the fuel prices rising. An extra £30 per week to some, is a couple of cocktails, a nice scarf, a cigar or two - to others it is 10 - 25% of their entire income for the week! It is money lost on food or to spend on children. The level of duty is disgusting - it must be cut, or linked to income!!

  26. Living in a village some 5 miles from anywhere is just like another tax. Have to use the car to go anywhere as no public transport

  27. Because of rising fuel prices, food prices in stores have gone up considerably. When the price of oil barrels come down, fuel prices come down even slower yet the food prices DO NOT COME DOWN with it. Impact, squeezes our family budget even more... And then take into account the utilities scandal, and we have even more squeezes on the family budget

  28. being disabled with emphysema my car is an essential part of my life for shopping visiting relatives and occasional pleasure, the exorbitant price of fuel along with the amount of tax we pay, which we pay twice what ever name you may put on it severely restricts any movement i make with my car i can’t get out as often or as far as i would like this also means family can’t call to see me either for the same reasons which in turn creates isolation which is degrading and unnecessary

  29. I use my car to visit young people to help them get in to work, education or training I claim expenses from my employer but have had to change to a smaller car to ensure that the mileage allowance actually covers the cost of using the car. It had got to the point where it was costing me to do my job. I don't mind voluntary work in fact I do lots of it, but having to pay to do my salaried job was too much, downsizing from a Skoda Fabia to a Diahatsu Sirion was a step in the right direction to maintain my disposable income. After this I am not sure what it will come to, journeys of 20 + miles on public transport to all areas of the county would take so much time I would not be effective in my work and the use of a cycle would be pretty much the same.

  30. Politicians don't care about the electorate just about lining their own pockets we can just about afford to go to work we haven't been out socially for over two years we can't afford the petrol !

  31. Calls for higher fuel duties to reduce car use are unfair to those of us who have no alternative to using the car. I'm 58 years old and live 4 hilly miles from the nearest shop (a Spar). If I want to keep the cost of my food shopping down I have to go at least 8 miles to a Tesco, Asda or Lidl. Either way, I need the car. There is no bus except the school bus, which is not open to the general public and wouldn't, in any case, get me home again. I get logs for my heating (which is entirely log-fuelled) from woodland 20 minutes’ drive away, for which I need both the car and a trailer. Rural communities need cars; we're not all weekenders in "Chelsea tractors", unlike most politicians. Stop killing the countryside!

  32. I have had to turn down work, professionally and personally due to the costs associated with driving. I currently commute 73 miles each way, 6 days a week to hold a job down. Work is hard to come by and insecure. I have little money to pay debts, food or utility bills and i cannot afford to service my car or take my children out. My journey to work is impractical by public transport, as i start work at 5am, often working to 6pm, followed by a 3 hour drive home from Essex to Berkshire. I work for a transport company. i have lost good staff due to pressure on wages, rising living costs, including housing, as well as the costs of driving to work. In the south east, manual and technical trades are becoming unsustainable, due to the cost of housing and transport. Service industries are suffering in London because of high living costs, especially in the outskirts, particularly where shift working is involved.

  33. Our main cost is Diesel. The haulage Industry is very competitive and although Diesel costs have escalated we cannot increase our rates. We do International haulage as well as UK but the playing field is very much in favour of the continentals.

  34. As a sole trading service provider I have to travel by car to carry equipment and reach my customers. Attracting new custom is difficult enough as no one has disposable income but the cost of fuel makes nearly 50% of my visits financially unviable; barely able to cover my own costs and no money to actually earn a wage. Not only do I not get any money but I do not have enough left to further promote my business. However, if I were to refuse to undertake these visits I would lose out to competitors and I would fold. Either way at this moment I am in significant doubt if my business will still be around in the new financial year. The further reaching implications will then be: 1. I will be out of work and maybe declared bankrupt 2. I will have large debts 3. Likely to lose house 4. I will have to claim benefits for myself and family the government could lose a lot of income and have to spend out a lot more or they could cut fuel duty and simply prevent it all happening.

  35. Our business is in a rural village, whose main trade comes from the Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester corridor which is 120 - 160 miles away. The cost of fuel has caused a noticeable reduction to the number of people visiting and the number of visits per person per year. This has caused recession to trade, which as yet has shown no signs of reversing. Fuel cost has been given in market surveys as the most important factor causing the reduction to visits.

  36. Our fuel costs have increased considerably over the last two years by approx. £200.00 per month. As a small business in a competitive market we cannot increase our prices at the moment to cover this or we will lose the work, so we have to swallow the cost. Our materials costs have increased because our suppliers put their prices up every time there is an increase in fuel prices, but we have to accept we will just have to make less money in order for our business to survive.

  37. We rely on the cost of fuel to remain stable just to keep at the profit margins we currently have. Running a training establishment and having to fuel approximately 30 vehicles (mopeds, motorcycles, cars and vans) make it impossible to make savings in our usage of fuel. Any reduction in fuel costs would enable us to grow and provide the service the public deserve.

  38. In the last year I have been forced to increase my prices by £1 per hour. This is entirely due to the cost of diesel. This has made learning to drive less affordable for young people. When you ask a new client why they have decided to learn to drive high on the list of reasons is greater job prospects. The result of less young people learning to drive means a less mobile work force leading to higher youth unemployment.

  39. I am in receipt of a small private pension plus the State pension so my finances are limited. The incessant rise in fuel prices and duty hit me hard and limit my ability to get out and about visiting friends and family and collecting my grandson from school. I suffer from cancer and am at present somewhat limited in my ability to walk far (although I hope things will improve with time) so I rely heavily on my own transport.

  40. I work as an Outreach Worker for Adults with Learning Difficulties and am required to use my own car daily in my job. As a full time worker in a responsible and demanding job, I am finding that the high cost of fuel and rate of VAT along with general inflation has stretched my budget to the limit. This leaves me unable to save anything from month to month as any bill e.g. regular utility bills, let alone essential or unexpected bills such as for car maintenance taking anything left at the end of the month leaving me unable to save anything for my future.

  41. We use our camper van for holidays etc. Due to the price of fuel we are no longer using it to visit other parts of the UK, which also means that we aren't contributing to the economy in those areas any more.

  42. I will not be voting for the present Government due to what a mess they have made of running the country and the present cost of fuel both motoring and heating costs

  43. The worst aspect is that my children can't afford to visit me and I can't afford to visit them - with lower fuel prices we would visit weekly; as it is we visit monthly ay most so I have less contact with my grandchildren than I would like. Public transport is not generally flexible enough to use as an alternative.

  44. The cost of food has had the biggest impact of high fuel prices. Diesel pricing has meant that every aspect of our lives has changed. We genuinely don't get to see our families who live around the country. This puts strains on us. Especially where I have older parents (79 & 75). Both live 100 & 75 miles away respectively. My mother lives alone and used to see her every week, more if needed but the cost is prohibitive. This means that she feels more lonely. We have other family that live. 300 miles from us and at best we can only do this once a year now.

  45. The wifes parents and family live 160 miles from our home and my mother lives 30miles from here, Both sets of parents are retired and in ill health, We cannot afford to see them more often because the cost of fuel is too high, I can not use public transport because my health is bad, So we have to use the car wherever we travel, The price of diesel is crippling my family and the country, Can't the government see that too take most or all of the tax off fuel would make britain stronger, Or are they too interested in lining their own pockets.

  46. Very reduced travelling, Cannot get to see Parents regularly due to distance, can only walk or go to local areas to walk the dog.- gets very boring for us all. Car sits outside the door gathering Dust. Public transport is so costly and time consuming it is not practical for some journeys. What is so difficult to understand??? Put up fuel costs and everything goes up the knock on affect is it effects everything. Which in turn eventually affects Gas, electric etc...etc...

  47. I have had to cut the number of times I visit my daughters and my grandchildren. I feel I am missing out and feel more isolated because of it. I can no longer pop out and see friends when ever I feel like it as I have to carefully budget my spending on fuel, gas, electric and food before considering using my car. I cannot do volunteer work, as I would like, as I cannot afford to use my car! To use public transport I have over a 1/4 mile to walk to the nearest bus stop.

  48. We are now unable to visit friends and family as often as we would like and try to use public transport more often'. We are also unable to help our children with collecting grandchildren and great grandchildren from school and other events which also means we don't see them as often as we would like.

  49. As a taxi driver the fares we charge our customers have not been increased by our local Council since 2008, when the recession started. Then diesel was 98p a litre. Look at it now! Where has the extra money come from to run my taxi - out of my profits of course! I now have to work double the hours I used to, just to stay afloat!

  50. We are a small family business and are currently operating 3 coaches and 2 mini coaches, due to the increase in fuel and other operating cost we are currently downsizing the fleet to 1 coach and 2 mini coaches which has resulted in job losses.

Quentin Willson, lead campaigner of FairFuelUKsaid: "The Chancellor needs to understand that with up to three quarters of the working population commuting daily by car or van, high fuel duty is a crushing burden on UK productivity. These millions of road commuters don't belong to a marginal motoring lobby but are the very bedrock of the nation's economy. Without a substantial cut in fuel duty those millions of jobs are at risk.'

Howard Cox, co-founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: "The UK has the highest Fuel Tax regime in the EU, it is the costliest country in the world to fill up the average car and 17 million depend exclusively on a car or van to get to work. It's a no brainer Mr Osborne, CUT THE PRICE OF PETROL AND DIESEL NOW and you will reap the economic and political benefits. Don’t forget 72% of FairFuelUK supporters will vote forMPs that support a 10p cut in Fuel Duty.The resultant economic growth will generate new tax revenues, it’s a win-win! SO please stop this fiscal rape of the road user now!”


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[ posted by Richard Thomas, 04.12.13 16:48 ]

Its all about forcing us out of our cars in the name of 'green policies' thats the real agenda. They would have to admit there is no such thing as man made global warming first..At the back of all this is the Governments policy to reduce Co2 emissions in line with their green targets. We are saddled with high prices I am afraid, they are not willingly going to admit it is all a sham to artificially raise taxes on fuel and make a mint..but thats the truth of it I am afraid. The sooner we all force the government to actually start telling the truth about the real agenda we will not get any where with this. I say we have been fed this lie too long now (if you tell a lie often enough -people will believe it) and what we really need to do is no longer accept this false doctrine that our cars and emissions are somehow affecting the Earths climate. That is simply not true. Removing the 'Green' agenda would take away the pressure from the government to maintain high taxes and things might actually start to improve. Fuel costs would be able to be reduced, the economy would recover and we would regain our freedom to travel as and where and when we wish to. You are being forced out of business and your cars because of a lie - dont stand for it


[ posted by Graham Oakes, 04.12.13 18:31 ]

The current govt promised regulation of pump prices by way of a flexible sliding scale where fuel taxes are concerned. When fuel goes up beyond reason, taxes come down. When the fuel price drops, taxes go up. It would never mean cheap fuel but it would mean expenditure for the individual and for business would be easier to plan or project. Wonder what happened to that plan! In common with many of the people who`ve commented on here, I am spending less in other areas of life and that is disasterous for the economy at a local or national level. No-one expects the speculators/banks who force the price of fuel up to care, or the oil companies to care. They never have and never will. That leaves you Mr Cameron! ... Oh dear


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